The topic I have chosen to analyse for this assignment regards a young Australian couple who both have down syndrome (Taylor Anderton 21, and Michael Cox 25) , and the question of whether they should be allowed to follow their dream of having children together.
Much controversy was stirred following the appearance of the engaged couple on Australian Story, where they expressed a strong desire to have children (four to be exact)– much to their parents concern.
Both sets of parents expressed a strong apprehension about this desire, and neither think they should have children. This belief brought into play talks of sterilisation and commentary by the PWDA (People with Disabilities Australia) who think they should be allowed to.
I will be analysing two articles which present opinionated commentary on the couples desire to have children and the opinions of the parents. Specifically I will explore two oppositional stances adopted in 2-3 opinion pieces:
- Supporting the parents opinion they SHOULD NOT be allowed to have children (two articles yet to decide which to use)
- Mamamia (4/10/16): http://www.mamamia.com.au/australian-story-michael-cox-and-taylor-anderton/
- The Daily Telegraph [RendezView] (6/10/16): http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/rendezview/tough-love-would-you-stop-your-kids-having-kids/news-story/e5156ccf5e9279dfde01c3add8f51fb0
- Supporting the PWDA outlook that they SHOULD be allowed to have children