The Down syndrome mom who spoke to ‘Living With Down Syndrome’

“I remembered looking at her and thinking this is not going to be my mother anymore. “I remember turning to the sink and pulling on my clothes and feeling the presence of fear in…

The Down syndrome mom who spoke to ‘Living With Down Syndrome’

“I remembered looking at her and thinking this is not going to be my mother anymore.

“I remember turning to the sink and pulling on my clothes and feeling the presence of fear in the darkness. I remember, I remember it real well.

“I remember feeling like I was going to be thrown down. I felt like I was going to be put back in a box. I felt like I was going to be taken away. I just remember her being in that tub, the moment I stopped caring about who was right and who was wrong, and just losing all the energy, and that’s what happened.

“The woman who is pregnant in Mexico comes to her. She gets medical care, and she just cries, which is something I don’t really understand anymore.

“The woman who came to us really wanted to make the decision for herself, and she came to us with us being very young and not yet married. I was just a baby, Emily was only four or five at the time. But she was talking about wanting to know what she was doing with her life and what she was going to do to become a good mother. She just wanted to be pregnant and she wanted to be a good mother.

“She gets pregnant, and she doesn’t want a baby and she doesn’t want a father, and I’m with her through that. I’m so proud of her. I’m so proud of her for what she did.

“My mother was so attached to that pregnancy and she was so overjoyed. She was so excited about what she would say to her daughter when she got pregnant.

“I was so happy that she got to decide herself. Because that’s what I feel, if Roe v Wade would not be in place. That’s what was at stake.

“I know our voices weren’t heard, but I think it was because she needed to talk about it.”

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