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Jun 24, 2022 - 12:27:14 PM
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Opinions are formed by life experiences. I have held two 3 month premature babies in my arms. One weighed one and a half pounds and the other weighed two pounds. I watched their eyes study my face while I bottle fed them with the smallest baby bottle I have ever seen. I saw them feel pain and cry when they had blood draws, which were several times a day. They studied thier world, as small as it was, in thier incubator. As tiny as they were, they were real live human beings, with wants and needs and feelings. They both had a few medical emergencies in the early days, but thank god for the effort of the doctors who worked so hard to help them survive. I understand that sometimes hard decisions must be made to protect the well being of the mother, but I think sometimes people who never had my experiences don't take everything into consideration when making that decision. My grand daughters are now in their 40's. They both have families. When they were 16, they came home from school one day and told us they saw a help wanted poster at the pizza shop, and they now had jobs. They have had jobs ever since. They are both productive members of society, never used drugs or alcohol or tobacco, and were never on welfare. I am so glad that our family made the choices we did.

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Jun 24, 2022 - 12:54:55 PM
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Dave .... your post seems very appropriate. Thanks for posting! I'll never forget a documentary I saw called something the "the world according to John" (something to that effect) about a down syndrome child that was given to a home for "special needs children" for care when he was an infant by his parents. They later had two daughters who never knew that had a brother. Many years later the special needs home went out of business, the parents had no choice but to go to the home and re-claim their son. Long story short ...... the difference this down syndrome boy had on the family was nothing short of incredible. He made their lives complete and at the end of the documentary, the father talked about how much John had "taught" them. He said some children are put on earth to "be taught" and others to teach ........ and "John has taught us so much more about life than we could have ever taught him" ..... "John was put here to teach us".

Jun 24, 2022 - 2:34:21 PM
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Again, trying to skirt around a political issue. You know better.

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