Sarah Palin, Governor of Alaska and John McCain’s Vice Presidential pick is also mom to Trig, a son with Down Syndrome. However, it remains to been seen if Palin’s family circumstance with influence McCain’s stance on the Community Choice Act (CCA). The CCA would allow people with severe disabilities to remain in their homes and avoid institutionalization.
Palin’s decision to carry her pregnancy to term despite early diagnosis of the chromosomal difference is hailed by pro-life supporters. The disability community may similarly hail her, as long-time disability rights reporter Nat Hentoff has already done in the Washington Times Op-Ed of 26 May 2008, in which he suggested Palin as a running mate:
Governor Palin, the Republican Party does not have the best record of accomplishments with the disability community. Remember— we’re watching and we vote.
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