reply to post by shadwgirl
It would be different if this was her and the family's decision but it isn't. It is some social worker who doesn't believe that mentally
retarded people should be allowed to procreate
No, that is not the stated case. You had to have other posters include the parts where the Social Services have ASKED a judge to CONSIDER the health
ramifications on both the BABY and this VICTIM of abuse.
They have REQUESTED a judge to REVIEW the data and, if necessary, to take guardianship (making the woman a ward of the state). First of all, this
woman was SEVERELY disabled by her biological mother's persistent drinking during pregnancy. She has adoptive parents who have allowed her (!!!) to
live in a group home with inadequate SUPERVISION. Going to truck stops and servicing truckers? Really?
If the parents were such great "guardians" that would NOT HAVE HAPPENED.
We don't know a THING about her "group home" -- it could be a private, or state/local facility, but in either case the GROUP HOME needs to be
investigated. The woman has severe epilepsy, and horrible brain damage due to her prenatal environment (drunk loser of a mother). There may very
well be congenital PROBLEMS with Elisa that the parents and the Social Services department are unaware of.
the department issued an informal report requesting that the Court set a status hearing to address the potential health effects Elisa’s
pregnancy could have on her and her unborn child, and possibly override the mutual decision made between Elisa and her parents to have her
They are not screaming for sterilization of mentally retarded people, and OP, you should be ashamed of yourself for inflating this into something it
Jason Guinsasso, the attorney for the Bauers, says that the court has no jurisdiction to intervene in any health-related decisions regarding Elisa
— pregnancy included — because Elisa’s parents are the legal guardians. He adds that Washoe County Social Services Department must
submit a formal petition based on substantial grounds to usurp guardianship before the County Court can get involved.
Are you familiar with a "guardian ad litem"? It's a TRAINED individual appointed to have the CHILD'S best interests at heart. These parents (the
Bauers) are being unrealistic. Having sought out high-quality prenatal care is good, but one MUST consider how Elisa was in a position to be
exploited to begin with!!
The Social Services department is concerned about the woman AND the baby's health. They ASKED a judge to have a look at it. That is not the monstrous
behavior you are accusing them of.
But, seeing as it's coming from a pro-life newspaper, and IS SLANTED (just like your OP) from the actual truth of the matter, I'm not surprised that
they found someone ready to froth at the mouth and decry all social workers and to distort what they do, why they do it, and HOW the process works.
In this case, having 6 possible adoptive couples arranged is good. As long as the BABY is genetically healthy and the pregnancy goes normally, fine.
But we don't know what other sorts of "activities" Elisa gets up to. She might be a meth addict for all we know, or have severe issues beyond her
brain damage that indicate the baby will ALSO have those disabilities.
Calm down, for crying out loud!! And yes, if she has the baby and it is adopted out, great! Then she should be "sterilized", but whether by keeping
her better supervised, or by enforcing contraceptive use, or by physically disabling her fertility is another matter altogether.
Whoever allowed her to solicit at the truck-stop, or be gone from the group home without supervision, is the culprit here, just the same as whoever
impregnated her. THOSE are the people to be held accountable.
NOT THE SOCIAL SERVICES DEPT.
edit on 1-11-2012 by wildtimes because: correct the latin phrase