There’s a lot to say, of course, about what a sick, twisted person you’d have to be to say that you would have aborted your own daughter if you knew she would have a mental disability before she was born. But forget all that. Let’s look at the common thread running through the article:
– I would have aborted her
– If I had had a prenatal diagnosis, I would have obtained an abortion. Today, I am beyond grateful that I didn’t. But I cannot ever in any circumstances imagine insisting others not have that right.
– An hour after she was born, a team of specialists were in the delivery room informing me Johanna had an intestinal obstruction that would require immediate surgery, as well as a suspected heart defect. I just stared at them in absolute shock, thinking, “I never signed up for this.”
(The most twisted one of all – “My baby needs emergency surgery to stay alive, I never signed up for this.”)
– But it was a rocky road to get where we are today, and while it’s a path I’m glad I’m on, I would never want to see a woman forced into it.
(I wonder if her daughter is glad her mother didn’t kill her? Maybe we should take that into accoun- nah, just kidding, it’s not about her, it’s about Me! ME!!!!)
– Those first few months after Jo Jo’s birth, I suffered crippling post partum depression: I knew I would have terminated if I’d had the prenatal diagnosis, which left me feeling incredibly guilty, and I was overwhelmed by the maze of doctor appointments and therapists that had become my life.
(Remember, she’s not the one suffering from a mental disability and serious health issues, unless you count narcissism.)
– But my relationship with my daughter was something that had to develop on its own; if I had had a prenatal diagnosis, but had been forced to continue the pregnancy like Ohio legislators want, it would have been a disaster.
(No mention of how the baby would feel about the whole thing, considering the alternative would have been death.)