People with disabilities spoke in favor of a bill that would prohibit the state from taking custody of their children at the capitol Wednesday.
Wrap: Debbie Wunder erged lawmakers not to deny people the right to be parents solely because they are disabled. Wunder is a mother of four and she is blind.
|Description: "As a young person I knew that the thing that was the most important to me in life was to be able to become a wife and a mother and a grandmother. And I've done many other things, but I have to say, that those are the things that are the most valuable."|
The bill, brought up to The House Disabilities Committee ,would enure that peple with disabilities are given those opportunities.
The Committee's Chairperson, Representative Grisamore, says the bill will be voted on in the next meeting on Monday.
Missouri citizens who have disabilities encouraged lawmakers to support a bill that prevents children from being taken from homes with disabled parents.
Wrap: Debbie Wunder is a mother of four, a wife, and she is blind. Wunder, among others, spoke before the committee to erge lawmakers to prohit the state from taking custody of children solely because their parents are disabled.
|Description: "I hope to bring to you some understanding of the importance in life of people who happen to be blind, or have other disabilities, to be given the same god-given rights that all of you have had in this room."|
The House Disabilities Committee heard testimonies and discussed the bill, which would protect these rights.
The chair of the committee, Representative Grisamore, says the bill will come to a vote at its next meeting on Monday.
People with disabilties spoke to lawmakers Wendsesday erging them to eliminate the state's ability to take away their children.
Wrap: Gary Wundor, a blind man and father of four, advocated for a bill that would prohibit the state from taking custody of a child solely because their parent is disabled.
Wundor told the House Disabilities Committee about an unnamed couple who lost custody of their newborn of 55 days.
|Description: "In May of last year, the unthinkable happened. A blind couple went to the hospital, witnessed the birth of their infant daughter, and then learned that because they are blind they would not be able to take their baby home."|
If passed, this bill would prevent this from happening and ensure that every disabled person has the right to raise children just like everyone else.
According to the committee's chairperson, Representative Grisamore, vote will be taken on Monday