Father of down syndrome child speaks

Chris Kaposy, who is pro-choice but has written a book on why parents shouldn’t choose to abort babies after finding out they have down syndrome, talks about his own son, Aaron:

“At seven, Aaron is a happy little kid who enjoys playing ball hockey, watching YouTube videos, playing with his train set, and learning how to read. Aaron is especially devoted to his older sister, Elizabeth, and his younger brother, Ty. He looks forward to visits from his grandparents, and he misses them when they are not around. I put him to bed at night and get him ready for school in the morning. When I leave the house with him or walk him into school, Aaron dutifully holds my hand. At midday, Aaron eats lunch with his friends at school. To our surprise, he has learned his letters and the alphabet about as quickly as Elizabeth did, though he takes longer to learn other things, such as how to drink milk from an open cup without spilling it all over himself. In all these respects, Aaron is very much like most other children who do not have a disability. He is good at some things and not so good at others. Our lives are better with him here with us. Our feelings toward Aaron are very similar to feelings that parents and siblings have to any child who does not have a disability. I know this because I feel the same way about Elizabeth and Ty.”

Chris Kaposy Choosing down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2018) X – Xi

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