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My mom had me when she was 32 and my sister when she was 34 because no one thought she'd be able to have kids. We both have college degrees. My sister had her kid when she was 20 and while he's not stupid or afflicted either way, he does not appear as smart. Age is not the only indicator and her dad was just an ass.
Your father is a jerk. Who cares if they do have a mental disability? He should still be happy if he has grandkids. If he chooses to treat them differently because of it, just don't let him see them.
I don't know why this is being down voted. I have two 9yr old brothers with Autism (one quite severe) and if any of the family treated them differently or with any kind of disrespect they wouldn't see them either. He should love them the same whether they are disabled or not.
My brother has Down syndrome and he is one of the best people that I know. It sickens me when people use Down syndrome (or other disabilities) as an insult. My brother is much happier and a better person than a lot of people who don't have disabilities. I wouldn't change him for the world.
#2 is so right. people are people no matter what size, shape, chromosome order, or color. I think we tend to forget just how human everyone is at heart. we all have love and other crazy emotions and we all make mistakes and terrible choices. a child isn't a bad nut because of a chromosomal disorder and a person is not more likely to kill me because his body protects him from the sun. it's when we start to consider these differences that we actually create problems but the only ones who view these as things that make people are less are simply lesser people by fact of being week of mind
Your dad is an ass. 35+ is when women are most at risk. And besides, there are plenty of women who successfully deliver passed that point with no issues.
I love how the positive comments are getting down-voted while the childish ones are getting thumbs-up. Way to be mature, guys.
He may be poorly educated, a while ago it was generally thought that over 30 meant you weren't likely to have a healthy baby. Now it is known that age does increase the rick of complications, but over 40 is when the insistence of Down syndrome is meant to significantly increase.
Happy Birthday, OP! And I hope that you have less irritating people to celebrate with :P I think your father needs some extra education. I believe that you aren't quite at the highest risk age yet ;) Incidentally, my mother was past 35 when she had me, and I've always been healthy. My older sister on the hand, has had some health issues, so it is most definitely not a given anyway!