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So Much Is Wrong Here!

I am busy being gobsmacked about some stuff on the news. It's this stuff about baby Gammy and his biological parents. And I can't help but note that The Guardian don't have comments open on this article.

So much wrong here! Let's just start with the biological parents saying they wanted him aborted because "no parent wants a child with a disability". And their anger at the people responsible for not preventing the birth.

And the father's apparent inability to come up with a cohesive explanation of why they came home without him even though they're really heartbroken (allegedly).

Oh, and the father's convictions for child sexual abuse. He says he's no longer a risk because he's not sexually attracted to kids anymore...what about not being a risk because (regardless of his sexual urges) he has developed enough empathy to not wish to do harm to children? He is oblivious to that distinction.

I am angry that headlines support the parents claim they wanted their son but were somehow tricked by authorities, rather than picking up on the comment "no parent wants a child with a disability" and running with a headline like "Gammy's parents say they didn't want him". Because they did say that. And they think their desire not to have such a child is universal, and therefore okay and understandable.

Um, no. Not universal, not okay, not understandable.

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I hope Gammy gets to stay with his surrogate mum (now possible with the amount of money donated to assist), I suspect his sister would be better off with her too.

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dragonsally
Aug. 11th, 2014 04:59 am (UTC)
Did you watch the interview? I never watch as a matter of principle - and also to ensure I don't throw something at the tv and smash it but I have read some of the articles.

Its such a messy situation. I do believe that a pedophile can be reformed..or celibate...but as you say the lack of empathy is astounding and "no parent wants a child with a disability" no, no, no, NO.

I didn't know that he he has 3 other children before this interview, and now I'd love to know whether that was before or after his stint in jail. So many questions raised.

splodgenoodles
Aug. 11th, 2014 05:59 am (UTC)
No, for the same reasons as you. I can't be forking money out on TVs every other week.

It is indeed messy. The parents have really been caught out in terms of their assumptions about responsibility. If the surrogacy industry was properly managed, they wouldn't have been able to create such a mess in the first place.
dragonsally
Aug. 11th, 2014 06:01 am (UTC)
It says a lot about the industry in Thailand that no criminal check was done. Astounding, really.
cmcmck
Aug. 11th, 2014 07:16 am (UTC)
This!

I spent many years working with terminally ill and seriously disabled kids and their parents wanted them so much that it hurt!
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