Disabled mother fights for right to r...

Disabled mother fights for right to raise her child

There are 26 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jan 8, 2008, titled Disabled mother fights for right to raise her child. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

The first time Sabreena Westphal went to court to try to keep her children, she became a celebrity.

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Sara

Louisville, KY

#23 Jan 14, 2008
I have CP and a daughter with a chromosomal deletion. My movements and speech are affected, but I can do nearly everything I need to--including bathing, dressing my daughter and changing her feeding tube. My biggest fear when she was born, besides the fear of medical uncertainty, was that the state would try to take my baby. A NICU nurse told my mother-in-law I couldn't take care of my baby.

My point is, we don't know the whole story--that's the journalist's fault. People with disabilities are often more capable than even 'professionals' assume.

Even if Sabreena can't safely raise her child, she has the right to be a part of her children's lives.
April

Hazleton, PA

#24 Jan 18, 2008
I would like to also know why this women has not been able to get her eletric wheelchair replaced after a car hit hers and ruined it.. not having her chair limits her even more. Sounds like something is going on that the public is not being told.
jessica

Trenton, NC

#25 Feb 18, 2008
i am a mother of a handicap son. he has global developmental delay.i am not sure i understand this story. is sabrina the disabled person. or is it her children. Either way we as citizen and our government should step up and show her love and respect. if you live in her community step up to help her care for herself and her children. take one hour a day to talk with her, cook for her or just simply help with the laundry.it's our obligation to help eachother. Jesus did he took the time to help everyone. i am not disabled my son is and it would mean the world if someone would take the time to help me with minor things and just learn about my family. maybe someone would come and help me prepare a meal for my family or sit with me and talk while i do laundry. now is not the time to put down but to lift up the arms of those that are in need.we should be spreading the message of love.and if anyone is selfish it is those that in fear do not help or even those who just refuse to help.I hope the best for this family and i hope that her story opens the eyes of all americans.
Mini Mom

San Antonio, TX

#26 Feb 19, 2008
These circumstances are very difficult and heart-breaking - sadness is part of life and most of us have our own 'stories' to deal with too.

This woman/couple need help themselves. For them to try to continue to care for the child is a disservice for the child.

Please don't stone me for this thought but it passed through my mind that perhaps one factor in wanting to keep her with them is to get her to an age level where she can assist them and then later care for them as they age.

I'm also wondering if perhaps they married there would be a greater possibility of keeping the child with them. Is there some reason the parents haven't married?

In any event it strikes me that if they love the child they may want her to have a better life with more possibilities than what they can provide - similar to babies of unmarried mothers who care about having their child have better opportunities that they can provide.

Tough situation for all.
Jackie

United States

#27 May 16, 2008
This is craps.
Why s there is not any type of extra assistance
to a child that has a disable parent. The
parent, who was borned with CP had a child.
yes, the disable person had sex and got pregnant.
What about the child when their parent cannot
work and provide circumstance income?
Why is that not any laws in place to protect this
children. However, the United States can protect
foreigners. These laws are backwards.
TARA

Newark, NJ

#28 Dec 5, 2011
Becky wrote:
I don't condemn her for wanting children and I do agree that it is a basic human desire. That being said, just because something is basic and/or inate in our nature doesn't mean we should indulge.
Being a parent is SOOO much more than fulfilling a desire. What about the child's basic desire? Maybe she'd want her mommy to go on school field trips, to take her to the park, to teach her to swim...
It is unfortunate that she cannot have children and fulfill her desires. One of the things that makes a parent be a "good" parent is teaching and showing our children how to make difficult decisions with thoughtfulness and care. Making good decisions is not always easy and most of the time comes with some sacrifice.
I believe a good parent would not put a child through a life this unfortunate. Tell me, what child would want to be raised in poverty by two handicapped parents who are entirely unable to care for her? Love is not all children need!
What is MORE unfair is that these chidlren have already been stripped of some of their rights because their basic human rights were not considered.
WHAT HARSH WORDS FOR YOU TO SAY.. ARE YOU SURE THAT YOU DONT HAVE A MENTAL HANDICAPPED?! WHAT IF YOU GET HIT BY A TRUCK ANSWER THAT WITH COMMON SENSE? YOUR ABILITY IS NOT PROMISED TO YOU. PEOPLE SHOULDNT SPEAK ON THINGS THEY HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE OF. YOU SOUND LIKE YOUR HANDICAPPED.. BEING HANDICAPPED DOESNT ALWAYS MEAN PHYSICAL..HAVING SENSE PLAYS A MAJOR ROLE IN RAISING KIDS MOR THAN ANYTHING.. GET A GRIP,

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