But it's interesting to see how much discussion my Motherlode article has generated in the last 24 hours, and how it ranges from
- A woman who emailed me and said my daughter should be taken away from me and given to a family who respects her life. My commitment to reproductive justice means that I'm a murderer, not a mother.
- A commenter who said, "Wow all rainbows and kittens for you lady" because I'm not acknowledging how hard life with Maybelle will be when she's older.
- Another commenter who complained that those of us writing about disability rights fail to focus on the "drooling adults in diapers."
- Another who said, "In my opinion, the only kind, acceptable solution for the handicapped fetuses/babies is abortion at the earliest possible time."
- And many, many commenters who've complained about how much adults with intellectual disabilities cost society, and how little they contribute.
Let's rest assured that all this feedback is functioning as fantastic research for my book project.
Two things I will say right now:
1. Folks don't realize to what extent they can start to sound like people who are parodying arguments--some of this stuff I read, and it seems like material from The Onion.
2. I will never use the term "high functioning" or "low functioning" in discussing Down syndrome or any other intellectual disability. Useless and stereotyping terminology (I wrote about this last year, here).
And finally, here's a picture of Maybelle, because despite her occasional drooling (or perhaps because of it--what's wrong with a little spit?) she's pretty damn awesome.