Yesterday and this morning, my inbox, my Twitter timeline and my RSS feed were all filled with titles saying that Katie Price would have aborted earth angel Harvey Price if she knew about his disabilities before she had him. The OUTRAGE muscle that started growing in my brain the first minute I logged onto the Internet began to throb and I was about to rage at that toe-fucking evil heartless demon.
But then I did this bizarre thing called “read beyond the headline.” I know, I don’t know why I did that. What’s wrong with me?
England’s original finest rose is a panelist on a talk show in the UK called Loose Women (Side note: Katie Price being on a show called Loose Women gets me EVERY time) and they all got into talking about a TV special about children with disabilities. Katie said that she wasn’t going to watch it because she lives it. In case you don’t know, Katie’s oldest kid, Harvey, was born with a condition called septo-optic dysplasia, which messes with the optic nerves and causes blindness. Harvey is also on the autistic spectrum, has trouble walking and gains weight easily because of a disorder called Parder-Willi syndrome. Katie said that TV programs never really show how truly hard it is, and then she said some words that caused 45 tons of shit to hit the fan at warp speed:
“I was young when I had Harvey and I admitted that if I knew he was blind before I had him, as harsh as it sounds, I probably would have aborted him….”
I didn’t even have to put the Crisco on my face. The Crisco jumped out of the kitchen cabinet, took off its top and threw itself on my face, because it too was ready to GIT HER. But then Katie went on to explain:
“…because to me it’s like, ‘Oh my God he’s blind, how would I cope?’ Now, it’s like, ‘Oh my God no way.’ If I got pregnant again and they said your child is going to have disabilities, I’ll definitely keep it. I’ll adopt a child with disabilities. Until you’re in that situation, you don’t know. I absolutely love Harvey so much. I would never change anything about him. Yes, it’s challenging, but it’s also rewarding. He’s a great character. I love him. I don’t think anyone should be ashamed at all if they’ve got a child with disabilities.”
Katie also said that she has major respect for a parent or caretaker of a child with disabilities. After she got a whole lot of shit for her “aborted” comment, she went on Twitter and said that her words were completely taken out of context.
I’m not a parent to a human, but it seems like even taking care a 100% healthy child with zero disabilities is like going up a hill on a skateboard during a windstorm. It’s hard and exhausting and there are probably many days where you just lie on the ground waiting for the earth to swallow you whole. So I’m sure taking care of a child with disabilities, even when you’re rich and have help like Katie, is harder. There are people who find out their child has disabilities before birth, so Katie was speaking about that. Violet Fenn of Metro UK has a child with special needs and she defended Katie better than I ever could, obviously.
With all that being said, I still think that Katie Price should be charged with child abuse. Not because of what she said about Harvey. But because she named her daughters Princess MammaMiaHereIGoAgain and Bunny.