Virginia woman with Down syndrome seeks power to control her own life

Jul 20, 2013 Full story: The Washington Post

It wasn't her turn to talk, but early on during a hearing that will determine the limits of her independence, Margaret Jean Hatch stood up in a Newport News courtroom and cut the judge off in mid-sentence.

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Since: Jul 07

Newport News, VA

#1 Jul 22, 2013
one sympathizes with this woman's plight, but people seem to disregard the fact that all of these laws are in place to protect such people from those who would take advantage of their limited competency...
Ricard Hatch

Hendersonville, NC

#2 Jul 25, 2013
t is very interesting to see how many people "jump on the bandwagon" and sign petitions based on a one-sided story, filled with untruths and manipulation! Jenny is a wonderful daughter and well loved by her family and siblings. The decision to put her in a group home was a very hard and well thought out decision, based on what is best for Jenny, long term. An unselfish love. Jenny is very happy, it is only when she is being manipulated by these so-called "friends" that she gets upset. There is much more to the story then they are telling, and they often delete anyone from their Facebook that disagrees are tries to voice an opinion that is not theirs. We the family have taken the highroad and trust the legal system. Please be patient, after the final court dates this story will be published in many publications. Richard Hatch

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