I want to clarify that although the comment was distressing, it's what wasn't said that was upsetting as well. Yes, obviously, the thought of being aborted or abandoned because of a disability (mine is not genetic in nature), is very distressing. But I think what is more distressing is that an opportunity was there for the professor to encourage discussion about the topic, or encourage students to learn about the other side of disability. The comment could have been made more tactfully.
I also need to clarify that although I don't advocate abortion, I would still remain friends with someone who took that option. It's not one I would choose, but much of why I would not choose it is because of my faith. My faith also says that i's not for me to condemn, and that I am to mirror Jesus. So although I might not agree with the choice, I would love someone as a friend anyway.
Now, what am I going to do about this? I haven't talked with the other student about this since this morning, but I think I'd rather show him instead of getting him in to trouble. We have to write papers for each unit, and it can be on a topic of our choice. Guess what the first one is going to be about? Something to do with the positive side, or success stories of people with genetically linked disabilities.
Now that that's decided, I do feel much better. I'm exhausted, but over the anger. It really isn't going to do me any good. All of your responses show why I trust my friends. Thanks for the thought provoking comments and I appreciate that even when I get a hot temper, you all had cool heads and discussed things so well while I was at class. It's the kind of discussion I wish could have been part of class today. I'll try to get to the comments at some point. But after some other things that happened today (getting lost, not getting to eat until about 2:30 and using a slate and stylus), I'm in need of some time to read and relax. Thanks everyone for your support.