Repeal the 8th.

My wife and I have an intellectually-disabled daughter. She’s autistic. She will never understand consent. If she were ever pregnant, it would be through rape. If that ever happened, would you come to our house and tell us what is best for our child? Because that is what your No vote on May 25th would mean, in practice.

She’s on the cusp of puberty. She’s terrified of blood. She will scream (and I mean SCREAM) when she’s cut, and scream even louder if we approach her to help. That can escalate to scratching, kicking and biting. Any trip to A&E might mean restraint or sedation. Can you imagine what it would be like trying to get her through pregnancy? Continue reading