Who Needs Kids?

In a children's care facility, about 40 miles southeast of Cleveland, the lives of about 130 kids are in jeopardy. They live in a place licenced by the state of Ohio as an Immediate Care Facility for the Mentally Retarded. Their lives are different than most of us could ever imagine, many of them require round the clock attention from medical staff and recieve all of their food through a tube attached through their stomach (sounds familiar doesn't it?). Many of them were brought in by family members who, although having loved their children very much, couldn't handle the burden of having a disabled child to constantly care for. Despite their condition, all of these children can laugh, smile, cry and feel emotion.

And our Governor, Bob Taft, wants to eliminate funding to the facility. Medical professionals unanimously agree that without the ICF/MR clinic many of the children will die. It is amazing, that in this "culture of life" that Republicans have been promoting recently, that the prospect of taking the lives of chilren who are unable to defend themselves (another line that sounds strikingly familiar) can be justified because of budget problems. Granted, every level of government is experiencing budget shortfalls, and there are problems that need to be dealt with... but Ohio is slowly and surely becoming a bad place to live, and with the proposals Republican frontrunner Ken Blackwell has proposed, it will rise to the top of list of the worst states to educate ourselves and our children, unless, of course, you are very wealthy and enjoy your big-time tax cuts.

Its becoming more and more clear that Republicans seem to manage to promote "life"... just as long as they don't have to pay for it. With proposd cuts to medicaid and childrens health facilities in Ohio, I know that this isn't a state I'd want to live in if I were less than well-off economically. Maybe its time to consider who has the right to life? If it is everyone, like a lot of people like to blabber about, then maybe we need to rethink our leaders too.

Read the heartbreaking story of these children in The Plain Dealer