Lindsay - posted on 05/11/2010 ( 64 moms have responded )
I was just browsing another site and came across this....I thought it was interesting.
When I was pregnant, I appreciated the things people did to make my life easier.
When someone on the bus offered me a seat, I always accepted. I let the neighbor carry my groceries into the house.
But would I have accepted a handicap placard to put on the windshield of my car?
A new law just passed in Oklahoma that allows women to request a temporary handicap placard for use during the final months of pregnancy.The idea for the law first came about when Oklahoma State Rep. Danny Morgan watched an expecting mother nearly slip as she was walking across an expansive icy parking lot.
“The consequences of a fall at that stage of the pregnancy could have been very serious and were avoidable if we would allow her the use of a handicap spot near the entrance,” Morgan told the Associated Press.
The law has ignited a debate over whether prime parking spots marked in blue should be available to pregnant women.
Over at The Stir Cynthia Dermody expressed disgust “In addition to fueling the stigma that pregnancy is a disability (isn’t that so 1950s ago?), I’m concerned about what a law like this, if it ever spread nationally, would mean for truly handicapped people. Nothing irritates me more that going to the store and seeing someone nab a blue spot and stroll inside swifter than a toddler.”
But not all of Dermody’s readers agreed. One chimed in: “I just gave birth to twins and the last 2 months took a huge toll on my body…walking become almost impossible. I have a 4 year old with multiple disabilities so it became necessary not only for her safety but my physical needs as well. I had always intended to get a placard and plates because of 4’s health and physical issues but it was such a heartache to admit we needed the help. Pregnancy is not a disability however it can CAUSE disabilities even though temporary. Time to be kind to each other instead of judging.”
What do you think? Should pregnant women who have difficulty walking in the third trimester be allowed to park in handicap spots?