Quite Possibly The Most Disgusting Parents On Earth…

Stumbled across this article.  Only in the Pacific Northwest could parents get away with doing something like this.  What horrendous people.

Couple Receives $2.9 Million For Wrongful Birth; Say They Would Have Aborted Baby Had They Known


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Many babies born with Down Syndrome go on to lead very full and productive lives, like this handsome lil guy.

We take a lot of tests during pregnancy to ensure that our babies are healthy. Sometimes, a positive outcome on certain tests, like the one for Down Syndrome, might cause some couples to abort the baby rather than face a life of disability. An Oregon couple said they would have done just that had they’d known that their daughter would be born with Down Syndrome. But after being assured by their doctor that the baby was free of the genetic disease, they went on with the pregnancy, and their daughter was born with Down Syndrome 4 years ago. After suing Legacy Health System, Ariel and Deborah Levy were recently awarded $2.9 million in a “wrongful birth” suit.

The couple says they clearly would never have had this child if they knew, and now they will use the money to help care for their daughter’s special needs. This type of case going to trial is rare, partly because of the repercussions of parents testifying that they would have aborted their child if they had known (and you can just imagine the long-term mental damage that testimony might do to a child as he/she grows up). Here is how The Oregonian sums it up:

Experts say so few parents choose to file wrongful birth suits because it forces them to take an awkward position: They must be willing to say on the record that they would have aborted the pregnancy, and that they feel a burden – albeit financial – of raising the child.

But where does that leave the countless other parents who are (many happily) raising their special needs child? Should every parent who has a child with Down Syndrome be entitled to a few million because doctors should have caught the disease during pregnancy?

There is still speculation on both sides as to why this error occurred. The couple says that maternal tissue was sampled instead of fetal tissue producing a false negative result in the chorionic villus sampling (CVS). Legacy’s attorney, Robert Keating, maintains that the CVS was properly done, and that “the results showed the girl has a normal genetic profile because she has mosiac Down syndrome, meaning a significant number of her cells don’t contain an extra 21st chromosome.”

I’m a big believer in giving people the benefit of the doubt because you can’t know for sure what anyone is thinking or know exactly what you’d do if you were in their circumstance. I also know how quickly stories get spun to generate media ratings, so I don’t think any of us can say for sure what actually happened. And we shouldn’t judge.

However, I honestly do feel that by instantly equating a diagnosis of Down Syndrome with a need to abort a pregnancy is a terrible thing. There are countless babies, children and adults living full and productive lives with Down Syndrome. Of course, we wouldn’t wish a disease on anyone, especially our own children. I can’t say that it’s right to abort a baby just because he/she has a birth defect with a clear conscience. Statistics show that it has become common practice to abort Downs babies based on prenatal testing.

The decision to keep a pregnancy in the case of Down syndrome is a personal one.When it was offered to me, I declined it because I knew that no matter what, my baby was with me for the long haul. I told my midwife that the results wouldn’t matter because I was having my baby anyway. Had he been born with Down syndrome, I wouldn’t have regretted having him. I know kids and adults, beautiful human beings, who are living with Down syndrome and have very full, engaged lives. Strollerderby’s Julie Miner summed up what I was thinking when she wrote: “If Stephen Hawking’s mother lived in Fairfax County, Virginia, in 2012 and had a bunch of prenatal testing – perhaps there would have been no Stephen Hawking. People’s abilities are so subjective but the contributions they make to humanity, their community, their family? Limitless. As if ANY prenatal test could possibly measure that.” Well said.

While Hawking’s health issues were not a result of a birth defect, who is really to say what someone can accomplish despite differing health circumstances? Actor Chris Burke, who played Corky on the series Life Goes On is perhaps the most well known face of Down Syndrome; yet for every Chris Burke, there are countless others with Downs who also lead very engaging lives, hold a job and get married.

There are many myths regarding the disease that perpetuate the dilemma, like people with downs have a short life expectancy, are unemployable, will never marry, etc… These myths, and more are all disputed by the National Down Syndrome Society.

I don’t begrudge the couple receiving the money to help care for their daughter; I just wish every family that had a special needs child could receive the same. Or better yet design a healthcare system in which every child (including special needs children) is entitled to every therapy and service he/she needs. Of course, that won’t happen any time soon, and there are countless families struggling just to hold on to their jobs needed to support their families and care for their special child at the same time.

What do you think? Should this couple have received the money? Should babies with Down Syndrome be aborted as a common practice? Are we playing judge, jury and executioner by deciding who has the right to live or not?


The Best of 2011…

… well, that’s a debatable topic.

But, came across Time’s article (and who doesn’t read Time Magazine?  Oh… everyone?) “The 50 Best Websites of 2011“.  I’ll save you the wasted life of searching their dumb list & share what should’ve been #1 but wound up falling all the way to #7!  I hear there was quite the controversy over this list… all two people that read it…

But, #7 was a site called “Dear Photograph” & you’ve seen something similar to this if you’ve owned a TV in 2011 & happened to see a certain Chevy commercial with the same concept.

But, gotta say I’m a fan.  And, I wanna try pulling something off like these photos myself.

New Year’s Resolutions Are For Suckers.

That’s right.  I said it.

I gave up on making New Year’s Resolutions a few years ago & I can’t say I regret it.  Why?  Because the constant reminder throughout the year of ONE MORE THING I’ve failed at was becoming too much for me.  I just don’t need that hanging over me all year.  I fail miserably in enough areas, I don’t want to create new areas to suck at.

Now, that’s not to say I don’t make goals, or plan to make changes in my life or daily routines.  I just don’t make those changes at the start of the year!  I evaluate & make the necessary changes whenever I freaking want to.  That way, I feel like I’m progressing as a human, and all the while limiting the sense of utter failure.

And, besides, MOST resolutions are just stupid.  I mean, according to the website called “2012resolutions.com” (which, I’m sure has captivated the world) the fourth most common resolution is the “Stay Happy”.  How dumb is that?  So, when you’re kids drive you ABSO-FREAKING-LUTELY NUTS on January 2nd you might as well give up?  You didn’t manage to “Stay Happy” for more than 48 hours!!

Maybe it’s just me.  Maybe it’s just semantics.  Maybe making New Year’s Resolutions is the best thing ever.  Or, maybe not?

C’est Trés Interessant!

Tchad: vers un durcissement de la grève


Au Tchad, les travailleurs qui s’étaient précédemment mis en grève pendant trois jours, reprennent leur mouvement à partir de ce mercredi 2 novembre 2011, face au silence du gouvernement. Les travailleurs réclament une augmentation des salaires.

Avec notre correspondant à Ndjaména

Cinq jours après la suspension de leur grève, les deux principales centrales syndicales ont demandé aux travailleurs de reprendre leur mouvement à partir de ce mercredi 2 novembre pour trois jours, et ce de façon plus dure, comme l’explique Barka Michel, président de l’Union des syndicats du Tchad.

« Beaucoup ont pensé qu’il n’en était pas question. Compte tenu de l’arrogance du gouvernement, il faut donc aller aux moyens les plus durs. Les travailleurs pensent qu’il faut faire une grève un peu plus dure, en suspendant le service minimum. Nous sommes sûrs que ça va être un gros problème pour la population. Mais en fait, ce n’est pas nous. C’est le gouvernement qui est responsable de la santé de la population ».

Les travailleurs semblent déterminés face au gouvernement qui fait face  à plusieurs problèmes sociaux à la fois : augmentation des prix du carburant, grève à l’université. Une situation qui a d’ailleurs poussé un député membre de la majorité à interpeller le Premier ministre devant le parlement ce mercredi. Une interpellation qui pourrait coûter son poste au chef du gouvernement. Mais est ce que cela suffira pour régler tout ces problèmes liés à la vie chère ? Certainement pas, répond un syndicaliste.

Skools en Seshen.

The “Wiebe Academy” is getting underway this week & I’m teaching Bible & English this year – I’ve always helped out wherever I can in the past, but this year the “principal” & I have decided to divy up the sections.

In my prep for Bible, I was looking through Desiring God‘s site (I’m sure this comes as a shock) & came across this awesome article the Piper wrote that would be helpful to anyone who has kids – whether you’re sending them off to school this week or not.


Teaching Doctrine to a Six-Year-Old

March 13, 2002 | by John Piper | Topic: Children

I’ve just finished writing a short book on justification. Lord willing, it will be published later this year by Crossway under the title Counted Righteous in Christ . In one section of it I ask, “Why would a pressured pastor with a family to care for . . . devote so much time and energy to the controversy over the imputation of Christ’s righteousness? Well, it is precisely because I have a family to care for, and so do hundreds of my people.” Here is part of the answer I wrote in Chapter One of the new book:

Yes, I have a family to care for. Four sons are grown and out of the house. But they are not out of our lives. In person and on the phone every week there are major personal, relational, vocational, theological issues to deal with. In every case the root issue comes back to: What are the great truths revealed in Scripture that can give stability and guidance here? Listening and affection are crucial. But if they lack Biblical substance, my counsel is hollow. Touchy-feely affirmation won’t cut it. Too much is at stake. These young men want rock under their feet.

My daughter, Talitha, is six years old. Recently she and my wife and I were reading through Romans together. This was her choice after we finished Acts. She is just learning to read, and I was putting my finger on each word. She stopped me in mid-sentence at the beginning of chapter five and asked, “What does ‘justified’ mean?” What do you say to a six-year-old? Do you say, There are more important things to think about, so just trust Jesus and be a good girl? Or do you say that it is very complex and even adults are not able to understand it fully, so you can wait and deal with it when you are older? Or do we say that it simply means that Jesus died in our place so that all our sins might be forgiven?

Or do we tell a story (which is what I did), made up on the spot, about two accused criminals, one guilty and one not guilty (one did the bad thing, and one did not do it)? The one who did not do the bad thing is shown, by all those who saw the crime, to be innocent. So the judge “justifies” him, that is, he tells him he is a law-abiding person and did not do the crime and can go free. But the other accused criminal, who really did the bad thing, is shown to be guilty, because all the people who saw the crime saw him do it. But then, guess what! The judge “justifies” him too and says, “I regard you as a law-abiding citizen with full rights in our country (not just a forgiven criminal who may not be trusted or fully free in the country).” At this point Talitha looks at me puzzled.

She does not know how to put her finger on the problem but senses that something is wrong here. So I say, That’s a problem isn’t it? How can a person who really did break the law and do the bad thing, be told by the judge that he is a law-keeper, a righteous person, with full rights to the freedoms of the country, and doesn’t have to go to jail or be punished? She shakes her head. Then I go back to Romans 4:5 and show her that God “justifies the ungodly.” Her brow is furrowed. I show her that she has sinned and I have sinned and we are all like this second criminal. And when God “justifies” us he knows we are sinners and “ungodly” and “law-breakers.” And I ask her. “What did God do so that it’s right for him say to us sinners: you are not guilty; you are law-keepers in my eyes; you are righteous; and you are free to enjoy all that this country has to offer?”

She knows it has something to do with Jesus and his coming and dying in our place. That much she has learned. But what more do I tell her now? The answer to this question will depend on whether mom and dad have faithfully taught about the imputation of Christ’s righteousness. Will they tell her that Jesus was the perfect law-keeper and never sinned, but did everything the judge and his country expected of him? And will they tell her that when he lived and died, he not only took her place as a punishment-bearer but also stood in her place as a law-keeper? Will they say that he was punished for her and he obeyed the law for her? And if she will trust him, the Judge, God, will let Jesus’ punishment and Jesus’ righteousness count for hers. So when God “justifies” her – says that she is a forgiven and righteous (even though she was not punished and did not keep the law) – he does it because of Jesus. Jesus is her righteousness, and Jesus is her punishment. Trusting Jesus makes Jesus so much her Lord and Savior that he is her perfect goodness and her perfect punishment.

There are thousands of Christian families in the world who never have conversations like this. Not at six or sixteen. I don’t think we have to look far then for the weakness of the church and the fun-oriented superficiality of many youth ministries and the stunning fall-out rate after high school. But how shall parents teach their children if the message they get week in and week out from the pulpit is that doctrine is unimportant? So, yes, I have a family to care for. And therefore I must understand the central doctrines of my faith – understand them so well that they can be translated for all the different ages of my children.