From race to gender to sexuality, it is despicable that anyone would attack another person for being born different to them. But when it comes to disability and those most vulnerable and unable to defend themselves, it’s all the more disgusting.
In the digital age, discrimination has spread further than comments in the street, as disabled people have found themselves victims of online trolls, mocking their appearance, mental and physical abilities, and even questioning their existence.
One person who knows this all too personally is Natalie Weaver, a passionate advocate for disabled children, and mom to nine-year-old Sophia, who suffers from Rett disease. Sophia’s illness is a rare neurological disorder that occurs mostly in girls and affects the ability to walk, talk, eat and even breathe.
In addition, Sophia – described by her adoring mother as a major daddy’s girl who loves to laugh – also has an immune deficiency, type 1 diabetes and an undiagnosed syndrome which causes facial disfigurement.
However, no matter how many cases Natalie has worked on in helping victims of online bullying and hatred, nothing could prepare her for the moment she was recently sent a disgusting tweet, which used her daughter’s image to promote abortion.
The downright evil message, written by someone using the Twitter handle of @OBSIDIANSMOAK, read:
“It is okay to think that every child matters however a lot of them do not hence the amnio test which should be a mandatory test and if it proves negative and the woman does not want to abort then all bills accrued after that is on her and the father.”
Natalie – who is also a mother to two other children – blocked the vile Twitter user, but it was soon brought to her attention that the photo was still being circulated.