Just to put my two cents in before the election.
Here's a link to a blog post I wrote soon after Palin was nominated. This is a hugely important issue for us in the DMD community.

www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2008/10/a-mothers-persp.html

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Comment by MarcosDad on November 8, 2008 at 9:49am
I have to agree with Penny on her article. History spells it out for us and thus we cannot argue with it. It's plain and simple, I am a conservative myself, and I have to say that gov't spending on research and disability aide has always gone by the wayside during republican administrations and those that benefited the most have been the military contractors during those administrations since Reagan. So now I have a disabled child and I have surfed the internet a million hours and have realized that war on foreign soil is not the #1 priority as most republican administrations have undoubtly pursued all for the sake of national security. We have more important wars to fight, the war on diseases/disorders, especially those afflicting our children right here at home! We have been neglecting are own childrens' enemies way too long. I am at least glad that Obama has promised to increase NIH funding.
Comment by Penny Wolfson on November 3, 2008 at 4:42pm
And I in turn am sorry you feel that way. Anyone who knows me knows that my life has been devoted to my son. But if families don't have the resources emotionally or physically to help their son or sons--and if your son is young you may not realize how onerous those things can be--no one else out there should be making decisions for them regarding conception and birth. The Republicans want to tell me based on their, not my, morality what I should and shouldn't do regarding my own body. That is what I object to, and I think it's hypocrisy to believe that and then not to support birth control, sex education, and genetic testing.
I have a fabulous son, and I know I have done the right things for him. And we consider ourselves very very lucky. But I have other children, too, who need me, and I have to be there for them.
If you want to know more about my son and his and our family, read my book Moonrise. I'm sure you'll see a very loving family who has worked tirelessly on our son's behalf.
Comment by Mary Sahagun on November 3, 2008 at 4:24pm
Well put Jerry, I agree
Comment by Jerry Dallapè on November 2, 2008 at 11:56pm
I'm so sorry you feel as you do. If I am lucky enough to have my son still living, much less living semi-independently, at the age of 24, I will be more than happy to take leave from work for a few weeks to ensure that his needs are being met. You see, while I am grateful for anything my government does to help me care for my son, I believe that it is ultimately my responsibility - no, my privilege - to provide for myself and for my family. Nothing is more important than my son and my self-respect.
Comment by Jacobs Mommom on November 2, 2008 at 7:44pm
You have captured my fears about Palin too.

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