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I haven't seen the story. My opinion would be based on the severity of their disability. But if mum and dad don't think they could do it... Well, I'm inclined to go with them as they will be the ones to look after bub if they struggle. I don't really think it fair on bub either. Reminds me of the movie I am Sam...
Both need to be sterilised as soon as possible. The parents will have to look after the grandchildren and they don't want to have to do it.
What are the chances of Downs Syndrome being passed to the baby? It is disturbing to think of two special needs people being in charge of a special needs child.
I think it is very beautiful that they are in love and plan to get married, but they should focus on being their own little family, maybe get a cat.
I think it's great and really sweet they want that...but don't believe they should be allowed to as their own parents would probably wind up being the ones looking after the baby
Don't adult people with down syndrome need a Guardian? So yes I think the parents should be able to have a say. It's probably the equivalent of saying yes to your 10 year old having a baby.
The diffrence is a carer helps with personal care. A gaurdain takes full legal,medical and personal responsibility for the disabled person. A carer can advise the disabled person but the disabled person still has their own rights and makes the final decision.
Depending on the severity of their disability, I think two down syndrome parents in a committed and caring relationship with a low level of support from their parents could do a pretty good job of raising a child. Thousands of kids are born every year into abusive, addicted, broken, homeless, or highly dysfunctional families and nobody questions their right to reproduce.
I work as an advocate for people with Disabilities and their families. Ive seen this kind of situation before. Unfortunately unless you get a judge to agree that they are not capable of making their own choice (which is hard as alot people with down syndrome can look after themself with a little bit of assistance) then legally you need their consent to be put on birth control or for sterilization. Ive read the story both are world champion swimmers, one is a trained lifegaurd, both currently live with their parents but want to and can move out alone, so it is very unlikely that a judge would decide that they cant make their own choices. Since both are swimmers the girl is already on contraception and they aren't planning a wedding or baby for another 5 years so i guess only time will tell.
The guy seemed quite high functioning, but the girl did not. She seemed to have the mental age of a 12 year old. I think the parents would have the best understanding of their capabilities and they all said they didn't think they should have a baby.
There was an episode on this topic on Greys Anatomy, can't really remember what happened but it is definitely an interesting topic.
Sorry, no they should not, even if they could. They would unfairly burden their parents who are already supporting them since they have no jobs, can't drive and can't understand basic math. And what if they can't have a child and decide to adopt? No Adoption Agency would allow this given the barriers that exist.
What about the poor baby? Is it fair to let a child come into the world that will more than likely be raised by the grand parents or be put into foster care?
I can see their point but you cant override somebodys basic right ( the right they have to make their own decision with their body and life) based on you opionon. Even know the parents probably know them best but you never know how someone will be as a parent until they become one, you can make an informed guess but you could be completely wrong. Unless they have complete control over their kids legal and personal affairs they dont really get a say.
I mean what can they do make one or both get surgery to not allow them to have children or force an abortion or adoption of they do get pregnant?
That doesnt mean i think they should have a baby, for me im unsure, but legally you cant stop them.
Personally, I think they should be on long term contraception so that they don't fall pregnant. I don't think it fair on their parents as they will be the ones raising the child, and I don't think it fair on the child either. I just don't see how they would properly care for a child up until it is an adult when they themselves don't grow up, if you know what I mean. Also, if the couple's parents are legal guardians, wouldn't that give them ability to put something in place so that a baby doesn't happen? The whole situation is sad.