Disability: socially constructed phenomenon that results from barriers that are present in the environment.
World Health Organization defines disability: “disability results from the interaction of a person with his environment.”
Wildly Common Disability: unwanted as a fetus
Treatment options: lots (legally and against natural law and human dignity for all of mother, father, and child), but morally: adoption if mother is not able to take on the responsibilities of motherhood at that time. The mother who chooses adoption chooses life for herself (clean conscience and not killing) and life for that valuable life full of blessings that are unexpected and unseen…the miracles to happen are always among the least desired in the perspective of humans.
To be unwanted and defenseless at the most vulnerable moments of human development is the most tragic disability this world has forgotten or disrespected…or even allowed mass killings of those disabled by this “unwanted” label (enter abortion) and taken profit from the business of murdering the defenseless .
Mothers do not get to end the lives of children with disabilities without cutting off the grace God wishes to give them. Mothers may get desperate or feel despair, fear, worry, concern, or just not be in touch with the value of human life.
All these things currently cause the disability of being unwanted.
Planned Parenthood ended the lives of 323,999 defenseless in 2014 (source).
As of 2013, New York City’s abortion rate was 60% of their birth rate (source).
Getting the Love You Want on p. 16 (by Harville Hendrix, Ph.D): “There is a widely held belief that when a baby is inside its mother’s womb, it experiences a sense of oneness, an Edenic experience free from desire. Martin Buber, a Jewish theologian, puts it this way, “in fetal existence, we were in communion with the universe.” ”
Why did I pick those quotes to share with this blog? Let me give you a bit more recent reading and I assume you may pick up on the theme:
The United Nations Convention on Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) recognizes “the inherent dignity and worth and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family as the foundation of freedom, justice, and peace in the world.” Further, the CRPD states , “persons with disabilities treated as equals before the law and to be entitled without any discrimination to the equal protection and equal benefit of the law.” (p. 8).
(From Assistive Technologies Principles & Practices by A. M. Cook and J. Miller Polgar, p. 2):
Further, “assistive technology is defined as “any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is acquired commercially (off the shelf), modified, or customized, to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”
Assistive technology can be the educational resources to help mothers and fathers in prevention so the “unwanted” disability is prevented from 20 or more years beforehand, when there is a higher understanding of respect for life and what human dignity is (even when the situation is difficult, human difficulty exists through it all, so the least we can do is acknowledge and act on that basic truth).
We are called not to judge those who have made this problem come into their lives. The educational materials and programs developed for emotional support that individuals who have had a personal experience with abortion will need is another mode of assistive technology.
Let’s get back to the best type of assistive technology: prayer and action (creating assistive tech resources to promote dignity of each life as God intends) that comes from non-stop prayer and ensuring God’s will through frequent confession, spiritual direction, and inspiration from the Holy family.
(All images: Pinterest.com, 2018)