Is a disabled child less likely to be adopted than a child with no disability?

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  1. ...

    The sad part is that abortion of a disabled baby is the most likely outcome. Parents who adapt do not want to spend their lives, entire lives, taking care of a severely disabled child or adult. No matter how small the disability, it is more work, more sacrifice, more dealing with trouble at school and in life.
    Parents who know they have a severely disabled fetus almost have to abort. Very few couples can afford for one person to stay home with the child. That discounts the fact that the costs of dr visits, medications, and adaptive equipment will cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars. Yes, there is Obama Care, but that is limited to paying 60-70% and doesn't cover the first $5000-8000. Really is BS, I have NEVER had that bad of insurance in my life, and never paid as much as this is either. But, I hate to admit it, but i would not be able to take care of a severely disabled child without us all starving to death either. It is a sad fact, but for now, it is how the world works.

  2. Ranchmom1

    My college roommate and her husband went half way around the world to adopt their youngest daughter who has Downs Syndrome.

    This story tells of *hundreds * of people who called offering to adopt a disabled child when it was learned he was scheduled to be aborted:

    A lot depends on whether it is known that a particular child is available for adoption. It is a dangerous slippery slope when we oh so perfect humans decide that death is "better" than life for someone else. Given enough years of life, all of us eventually become disabled.

    Our (adopted) oldest daughter has multiple health problems. We knew that full well when we adopted her. How dare anyone decide *for* her that her life is not "worth" living.

  3. Exoplanet

    First, abandon the word "decent." Second find a real ethical principle... something more than an adverb: try Google, or play around with the idea of maximizing the happiness in the world. Think about intellectual rigor. If you don't understand what that means, you definitely don't have it. Think about individual rights versus religious principles; free will versus social control; the evolution of social, religious, and wholly individual norms; the exceptions to those norms; the sources of knowledge (epistemological foundations) of all norms. So, where do you stand on these issues? It will maximize everyone's happiness if you read and think for yourself.

  4. weaselsrats

    Well, i'd get a child without disability. And i'm pretty sure most people would go with me, but some people would get a disabled child. I am pretty sure the title of this is the answer though.

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