Thursday, January 19, 2017

I'm a woman who has a disability and voted for Trump

I'm a definite minority in so many ways on a daily basis.  But when it comes to politics, I'm seen as a minority even within the disability community. I'm a woman who has cerebral palsy, and I am pleased that Donald Trump won the election. In fact, I'm thrilled about the inauguration while most of my friends with disabilities are disappointed. I'm confused why there is a disconnect in our reasonings, but I will continue educating others why I disagree with them.

For those who know me, they know that I'm a  fan of truth and facts. I don't usually use my emotions on important issues to make decisions. I like facts and statistics so I'm educated and can form an educated decision. On the contrary , the mainstream media has always been swayed to give their information from only one point of view.  Back when I went to high school during the early nineties, I first noticed faulty journalism when they were negative on everything a conservative said or did.

Every story has at least two perspectives, but most news outlets only tell you one side  with their skewed point of view.  Trump has called the mainstream media out for their false journalism and one sided views.  For this reason, I agree with Trump.

I'm also proud to say that I am a single issue voter because the issue is that important- especially as someone who has a disability.  I am against abortion, and I fight for the right that every human being has a right to life. Most of my friends with disabilities don't see abortion as an important issue and believe that it's a valid choice. 

As someone with a disability, I'm outraged that one in every three babies are aborted based on a  disability.  This means that if a baby is missing a hand, they can be aborted. Babies with Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, dwarfism and spina bifida hardly have a chance to be born due to abortion.  Pregnant women are pressured into genetic testing.  If a test leans to the baby having a disability,  mothers are guilted into aborting the baby. 

The numbers of babies with disabilities being aborted are horrifying. Yet most people with disabilities choose to ignore the facts.  Yes, a woman carries the baby within her body, but that doesn't mean the baby is worthless. The baby is a separate individual that has his or her own destiny. With greater technology, we can see the unborn baby in ways we couldn't see before. 

The argument that the baby is a clump of cells is proven to be false by an ultrasound. I agree with Trump that abortion is wrong to do for any reason, but especially aborting based on gender and disabilities. Why do I seem so alone on this issue? Why aren't more people with disabilities outraged? Having a disability doesn't make our lives less meaningful, but it makes our lives more beautiful.

Lastly, I don't believe Trump made fun of a reporter who has a disability.  I researched and saw Trump had made the exact same movements when talking about any reporter that he wasn't fond of for not being factual.  I actually thought it was interesting that other people with disabilities were angry over that, but was fine with Clinton saying abortion was okay for disabled babies.  I really do not understand.

I don't agree with everything Trump has done or said. However, the alternative doesn't even believe many of us with disabilities should be alive. So now, I'm hopeful about our future of our country.  I don't think we are going backwards but we are moving forward as a country based on facts instead of fiction. A country that respects the dignity of life from any stage and any disability.  I hope one day that I'm not a minority on these issues but I'll be a majority.

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