For the next 36 days (from March 28 to May 2), I will be contacting and writing about 36 extraordinary members of the House of Representatives. They are all extraordinary in that they form the bipartisan Congressional Spina Bifida Caucus, and so they strive to address the unique needs of the spina bifida community in the U.S. My “mission” is to write to them, and urge them to make quality of life, and not solely prevention, a priority on their agenda in Congress. It has come to my attention that education about spina bifida is critical during all the stages of development– from planning to prevent spina bifida through the consumption of folic acid, to comprehensive education about spina bifida once it is diagnosed. We need to educate, starting with the physicians and other healthcare providers, so that they will be made aware of the potential that each child with spina bifida possesses.
Rep. Jim Langevin of Rhode Island is described on his official Web site as “a national and party leader on national security, health care and stem cell research.”
Now that, we like. In fact, we like very much. Rep. Langevin has a very personal stake in health care and in stem cell research. When he was 16, he was struck by a bullet when a gun accidentally discharged, leaving him paraplegic. Unlike most members of Congress, Congressman Langevin actually knows what it’s like to be unable to get around some areas that are inaccessible to people with mobility challenges. I tell you, I’m learning so much from my Congressional crusade! I had no idea there was a member of the House who was physically challenged this way.
That being said, I know that not all physically challenged people share my views. That’s why I’m so pleased to find out that Rep. Langevin is a leader in healthcare and stem cell issues.
He’s also very pro-life, and only supports the use of abortion in the gravest of cases.
Personally, I think all of these factors can help our position when I write to Rep. Langevin. I will definitely be excited to send this letter.
That’s about as much as I can type coherently for tonight. May you all have a restful night’s sleep, and a beautiful Sunday tomorrow!