How can a small, naked, nameless and voiceless little human being
prove to the world that he exists?
He does this a step at a time.
First he lets his mother know.
This is a private time between them both.
She alone is aware of this life inside of her.
He is totally dependent upon his mother.
If his mother is happy to learn of his existence,
she will tell her doctor, family and friends,
and everyone will believe in this little person,
whom no one sees or hears.
But if his mother is unhappy to learn of this life inside of her,
she will relay this feeling to doctor and others, and they
(with her best interests in mind)
will help her to deny this little, tiny human.
Now he is in great danger!
His life is being threatened!
If his mother denies him,
his short life will violently end.
No one else can save him.
(Not even the highest court in the land.)
Until he emerges, fully formed at birth,
his mother is his only protector.
~ by Jackie Jura ~
written in 1984
Sarah Palin fusing politics & motherhood in new way (a guardian of nation's disabled children). Intn'l Herald Trib, Sep 8, 2008
Sarah Palin's baby shower included a surprise guest: her own baby. He had arrived in the world a month early, so on a sunny May day, Palin, the governor of Alaska, rocked her newborn as her closest friends, sisters, even her obstetrician presented her with a potluck meal, presents and blue-and-white cake. Most had learned that Palin was pregnant only a few weeks before. Struggling to accept that her child would be born with Down syndrome and fearful of public criticism of a governor's pregnancy, Palin had concealed the news that she was expecting even from her parents and children until her third trimester. But as the governor introduced her son that day, according to a friend, Kristan Cole, she said she had come to regard him as a blessing from God. "Who of us in this room has the perfect child?" said Palin, who declined to be interviewed for this article. Since that day, Trig Paxson Van Palin, still only 143 days old, has had an unexpected effect on his mother's political fortunes. Before her son was born, Palin went to extraordinary lengths to ensure that his arrival would not compromise her work. She hid the pregnancy. She traveled to Texas a month before her due date to give an important speech, delivering it even though her amniotic fluid was leaking. Three days after giving birth, she returned to work. But with Trig in her arms, Palin has risen higher than ever. Senator John McCain, the Republican nominee for president, says he selected her as his running mate because of her image as a reformer, but she is also making motherhood an explicit part of her appeal, running as a self-proclaimed hockey mom. In just a few months, she has gone from hiding her pregnancy from those closest to her to toting her infant on stage at the Republican National Convention....But her son has given Palin, 44, a powerful message. Other candidates kiss strangers' babies; Palin has one of her own. He is tangible proof of Palin's anti-abortion convictions, which have rallied social conservatives, and her belief that women can balance family life with ambitious careers. And on Wednesday in St. Paul, she proclaimed herself a guardian of the nation's disabled children. "Children with special needs inspire a special love," Palin said, echoing the message she had shared at the shower. By last winter, Palin seemed to have everything she had ever wanted. She had raised four children while turning herself into a rising star of the Republican Party of Alaska and then the national one. But then the still-new governor discovered she was pregnant. Piper, the youngest of the Palin brood, was 6. The family had long since given away their crib and high chair. A few weeks later, after an amniocentesis — a prenatal test to identify genetic defects — Palin learned the results. Some abortion opponents decline such tests, but as her older sister, Heather Bruce, said, Palin "likes to be prepared." With her husband, Todd, away at his job in the oil fields of the North Slope, Palin told no one for three days, she later said. Once they reunited, the Palins struggled to understand what they would face. Children with Down syndrome experience varying degrees of cognitive disability and a higher-than-average risk of hearing loss, hypothyroidism and seizure disorders. About half are born with heart defects, which often require surgery. The couple decided to keep quiet about the pregnancy so they could absorb the news, they told people later....In private, the Palins slowly started to share the Down syndrome diagnosis. They wrote a long letter to Bruce, Palin's sister, who has an autistic son, explaining how they had come to embrace the challenges their baby would bring....After months of reflection and prayer, friends say, the Palins, who are Christians, had come to believe God had chosen to send them Trig. Later that day, Palin sent an e-mail message to her relatives and close friends about her new son, Bruce said. She signed it, "Trig's Creator, Your Heavenly Father." "Many people will express sympathy, but you don't want or need that, because Trig will be a joy," Palin wrote. She added, "Children are the most precious and promising ingredient in this mixed-up world you live in down there on Earth. Trig is no different, except he has one extra chromosome."...
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