Inspiring Mom Has The Perfect Response After Finding Out Her Daughter's Photo Was Used To Advocate Abortions
Natalie Weaver did not expect to find her dear daughter Sophia, the subject of an online campaign for abortion until she was sent a message that nearly broke her.
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Sophia is a survivor
Some insensitive troll online had used the 10-year-old's photo to promote an abortion message. Sophia suffers from a condition called Rett Syndrome. The rare neurological disorder daily affects the little girl's ability to speak, eat, walk or breath. And she has to brave the world with a facial disfigurement from an unknown cause.
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The family is by now used to reactions from people when they meet Sophia, but Natalie did not expect to come across a dehumanizing tweet warning people to take an amnio test.
Rising above the hate
The aim of the test, according to the insensitive tweet which had Sophia's photo attached to it, was to determine if a baby in the womb deserved shot at life or not. Natalie promptly asked for support online to report the tweet and account.
Get to know Sophia in this Thread: I realize that I have to share a lot of the bad things that go along with Sophia’s conditions and fighting for her life, but today I’d like to share who Sophia really is. She isn’t her disabilities and she isn’t her diseases. pic.twitter.com/cvxxz8gj38— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
Her all-time favorite color is Green! Sometimes she can even say Green. She loves all types of music and will pat her hand to the beat, perfectly. She enjoys popping bubbles and having us read to her. She also rolls her eyes at mommy and is sassy, just like a typical 9-year-old. pic.twitter.com/AJIJWWZf6D— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
She can wash away your pain and fears in an instant, just by holding her. pic.twitter.com/0MXwQM5uVg— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
She is a major daddy’s girl! She laughs all the time and has sweet dimples under her eyes when she smiles. pic.twitter.com/7KM1IRblFX— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
Sophia has a younger brother and sister, named Alex and Lyla. They are growing up knowing compassion, unconditional love, and acceptance of people with differences. pic.twitter.com/17zDJDth8S— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
Though Sophia experiences pain and challenges every day, she laughs and smiles in between those moments. She’s had 22 surgeries but recovers quickly and handles pain really well. She surprises us every single time! pic.twitter.com/9nxzRO6tE2— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
She loves to cuddle. pic.twitter.com/7Bcc1t1soh— Natalie Weaver (@Nataliew1020) November 15, 2017
Twitter conceded by deleting the tweet and suspending the account. But they maintained that the message did not go against their regulations or qualify as hate speech. And so, Natalia chose to respond by tweeting about all the things that are amazing about her daughter including her dimples, love of cuddling, and bravery. Try not to shed a tear!
What people with disabilities teach us
Sophia's story raises concerns again about the absence of a clause for hate against people with disabilities on the 'report a tweet' form. Online communities still have a long way to go with managing discrimination online, but it isn't just an online problem.
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- They find the true meaning of happiness despite living with what many consider to be unbearable conditions.
- They understand that life is short and embrace life along with the opportunities they get.
- They learn not to sweat the small stuff because frankly getting through the day presents them with a lot of challenges. They have to become masters at prioritizing what matters.
We bet you did not know this, but they make some of the best life coaches. Why hate when you can learn from them?