Thursday, September 11, 2008

My beautiful son

It appears that Dylan is now just an old pro at smiling!! Check him out today : )





Here is part of an article that I read from The Washington Post entitled, "Trig's Breakthrough".

"The wrenching diagnosis of 47 chromosomes must seem to parents like the end of a dream instead of the beginning of a life. But children born with Down syndrome -- who learn slowly but love deeply -- are generally not experienced by their parents as a curse but as a complex blessing. And when allowed to survive, men and women with an extra chromosome experience themselves as people with abilities, limits and rights. Yet when Down syndrome is detected through testing, many parents report that genetic counselors and physicians emphasize the difficulties of raising a child with a disability and urge abortion.
This is properly called eugenic abortion -- the ending of "imperfect" lives to remove the social, economic and emotional costs of their existence. And this practice cannot be separated from the broader social treatment of people who have disabilities. By eliminating less perfect humans, deformity and disability become more pronounced and less acceptable. Those who escape the net of screening are often viewed as mistakes or burdens. A tragic choice becomes a presumption -- "Didn't you get an amnio?" -- and then a prejudice. And this feeds a social Darwinism in which the stronger are regarded as better, the dependent are viewed as less valuable, and the weak must occasionally be culled. "

Check out the rest of the article here...
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/09/09/AR2008090902519.html

Now look up at Dylan's smiling face. This little boy has a life that is worth living...don't you think?

7 comments:

Lis said...

That is the best smile! All for you mama!

And yes, he most certainly is a life worth living.

Karly said...

He is most definitely beautiful and his life will be full and worthwhile.

Andi said...

::.Kisses him all over:: He is so beautiful!! And worthwhile doesn't even begin to explain him. I am so happy to read this news tonight. Please post more pics soon.

Cleo said...

Dylan's perfect smile is precious and he has a life that is worth living =). Thank you for sharing this article!!!.

Lisa said...

Wow, what a powerful article. Dylan is beautiful Laurie.

Karen said...

He definitely has a life worth living, and a life with a purpose. His smile could light the world!

Kimberly said...

Our family is blessed to have him in our lives.
I love you!