Happy First Birthday, Archie and Ethan!

Today, we were invited to celebrate our friends’ twins’ birthdays. Archie and Ethan are little miracle babies. Their mum and dad endured a difficult pregnancy, full of uncertainties – they even faced the possibility they could lose one or both babies. These babies were covered in prayer by many people and God brought these precious lives through various life-saving interventions, out of danger, and they were delivered safely a few weeks early – tiny, but fighting and stronger than expected. After only one week, mum and new twin babies were allowed home. How amazing is God?! He continues to answer prayer so mightily! Today we got to celebrate their first birthday and thank God for their lives.

 

20130511_094853Asa was given this adorable little outfit by his great Auntie Sarah. I love the slogan, ‘Perfect Little Person’. People may look at our baby and see a chromosome disorder, but we look and see Asa – our gorgeous, funny, happy little boy. He isn’t perfect because we all have sin in our life, but he is perfectly ours, perfectly formed and perfectly loved by a Creator God who doesn’t make mistakes.

20130511_164508Asa loved watching the other children bouncing away.

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Evie is Archie and Ethan’s big sister – she is almost three. I’ve heard it said that ‘friends don’t count chromosomes’ – Evie certaintly isn’t bothered as she cuddles Asa and plants a gentle kiss on his forhead!

Colin Brewer: A Disgraced Politician

I first became aware of the comments made by Colin Brewer a couple of months ago, and I was infuriated and very upset. I didn’t blog about it then because I was too upset. Another Geoffrey Clarke? Another bigoted man in a position of power (however small) with more hateful opinions about the most vulnerable in society. Brewer is – was – a local councillor in Cornwall. He publically made comments about children with disabilities, that they cost too much money and should be killed at birth, effectively “put down”. However, he gave some half hearted apology, stepped down under the weight of the nationwide pressure, and we thought that was the last of it. We breathed a sigh of relief and got on with our lives.

I recently heard though, that he is currently standing in the May elections as an independent councillor. I’m not sure if he is for real! This renders his previous apology as useless. False. Worthless. Is he that naive that he thinks people will have forgotten and excused his disgraceful comments? To make it worse, in a follow up interview recently, he made references that farmers put down lambs when they are born with a disability. He doesn’t believe there is a difference between putting down a disabled lamb and a precious child with a disability or additional needs.

Clearly there is no change in his opinions, no remorse or regret. No compassion for HUMAN LIFE. This man is standing for election. A position of power, albeit at ‘local’ level. This is a position elevated in the community. A position of trust. But how is it even possible that he is allowed to stand again? He clearly does not have value for all human life. Who knows what other extreme and hateful views he holds?

Is this the sort of man we want in power? Extreme views and heartless opinions? When the Disability News Service asked Brewer whether there was a good argument for killing some disabled children with high support needs, he answered, “yes, that is why I keep as far away from health in the council as I can.” When a child is born with a disability, Brewer believes that the cost of their support and needs should be weighed up against their right to life.

Life is ALWAYS more precious and more important than money. Every. Single. Time.

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Note: Since publishing this blog post, news broke that Brewer won the local election by a mere four votes on 3RD May. Brewer’s comments received nearly 200 complaints to Cornwall council – I was one of the complainants – but the council admitted they did not have the power to ‘sack’ Mr Brewer. The council said his comments were “OUTRAGEOUS AND GROSSLY INSENSITIVE REMARKS”. However they were able to impose heavy sanctions and censorship on him, stating he would not be able to work with any council children’s health group(s), among other sanctions. After much national – and indeed, worldwide – anger, Brewer verbally announced his intention to resign from the council in July 2013. As yet, we have not seen or heard about a formal resignation letter.