As we grew older into our teenage years my brother and I would help out at a dance hall for those with down syndrome and we loved it. It is a highlight of my teenage years, I look back with great fondness for these young people were all so special. Years later when Keith's mom and dad passed away, he went to live with his brother Glenn and his wife. It was as though years had not passed, Keith was still the same, he had his smile and gave the biggest hug. I thank God that I had the opportunity to grow up with Keith living across the street, I learned that we are all different, but we are each special in our own way.
|Steve on the left in the wheelchair!
And then there was Steve Mashburn, my dear friend who I had the awesome opportunity to help take care of toward the end of his life. Steve was in a diving accident when he was fifteen and left a quadriplegic the rest of his life. Yes, he was angry when this first happened, but then one day, he yielded his life to Christ and became a servant of Jesus. Steve even became a pastor, he would go down to New Orleans and preach, he also had such a passion for the unborn children even participating in a rescue during the Summer of Mercy in Wichita. Steve loved for us to come pick him up and bring him to the abortion mill. He would sit in his wheel chair and preach at the gates of hell. He was such a blessing. His lungs collapsed toward the end and he was bedridden after that, requiring 24/7 care. But, as long as he could, he would have that pencil in his mouth, punching away at the computer, writing newsletters for Operation Save America, and other news sources. One of our favorite things to do together when I would come over would be to watch Fox News and Western movies, he loved Gene Autry! Steve is now with the Lord, he left this earth in a very peaceful way with a very strong legacy left behind. He touched so many people's lives.
These precious lives are what went through my mind when hearing about the defeat of this dangerous treaty and how much the three of them had made such an imprint on my life!
This treaty was dressed up in a nice package to make the appearance that those with disabilities would benefit, but it certainly couldn't be further from the truth. According to Rick Santorum, he stated, "Now, that CRPD is defeated, we know that United Nations won’t have oversight of how we care for our special needs kids. This treaty would have given the U.N. oversight of the healthcare and education choices parents with special needs kids make. Had it passed, CRPD would have become the law of the land under the U.S. Constitution’s Supremacy Clause, and would have trumped state laws, and could have been used as precedent by state and federal judges,”
The other threat hidden in Article 25 of the treaty would require signatories to provide persons with disabilities free or affordable health care including the area of reproductive health and population-based health programs. We all know what this means.
This isn't over, it will come back again so we must remain vigilant and fight hard for the rights of those that have disabilities, this of course is what Jesus would want us to do! Pray everyone, please pray!