Saturday, November 08, 2008
Dear President-Elect Obama,
Originally uploaded by KYouell.
This is my contribution to the Message For Obama pool on Flickr. You can search for the tag "messageforobama" to see more.
Here is what the text says:
"She's 18 months old and typical. He's 3 years old, has Down syndrome and a heart defect that may require more medical intervention.
"I want her to be happy, healthy and independent. I want him to be happy, healthy and independent.
"I don't want her to have to take care of him when we are gone. To accomplish our goals we need *your* support.
"Please support Early Intervention Programs, Inclusion Programs, and help us get health care we can actually afford to use."
Here is the rest of the message I wrote:
Some of us believe that abortion should not be illegal, yet we wouldn't dream of having one ourselves.
Some of us do the best we can, make a decent living and then get blindsided with medical bills and a situation that is hard to dig our way out of.
Even if I won the lottery and money was never an object for me ever again, I couldn't buy inclusion in our community for my son. That requires the participation of the community in welcoming him in.
Don't forget that some of the people that cannot (yet) speak for themselves are not babies that the anti-choice people are trying to speak for, but they are babies that are here, have loving families, and *still* need the help of society.
It's nice to finally feel good about the outcome of an election. Thank you for the hope you have kindled in my heart. Wednesday, 11/5/2008, felt like Christmas morning did when I was small. Magical!