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Facebook bans mother for posting photos of baby with birth defect

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Question: What would you do if you had a child born with this rare condition?

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A: I'd immediately terminate the pregnancy

B: Carry to term and spend what time I had with my baby

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MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) - A Mid-South mother has been banned from Facebook for the photos she posted of her newborn son.

Grayson James Walker was born on February 15, 2012.  He was born with Anencephaly, a rare neural tube birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull.  Action News 5 shared the Walker's story about their sons eight hours of life shortly after he died.

Heather Walker recently posted pictures of Grayson without his hat on.

"Not long after, Facebook deleted them because of the content" she said.  "They allow people to post almost nude pictures of themselves, profanity, and so many other things but I'm not allowed to share a picture of God's beautiful creation."

Walker and her Facebook friends decided to re-post baby Grayon's photos in protest, and the mother is now on a 24-hour ban from the social networking website.

According to Facebook's community standards page, there are nine types of content that may be deemed offensive and removed:

  • Violence and Threats
  • Self-Harm
  • Bullying and Harassment
  • Hate Speech
  • Graphic Violence
  • Nudity and Pornography
  • Identity and Privacy
  • Intellectual Property
  • Phishing and Spam

Walker says her photos of Grayson do not fall into any of those categories.

"I see all kinds of stuff, women's body parts, almost nudity, which is one of their standards, people cursing each other out, just profanity," said Walker.

Amazed at the amount of support she's received from all over the country, Walker says the photo is raising awareness.

"Just in two days, all these people have messaged me telling me how much God has used Grayson's life to touch them and to work in their hearts and to make them appreciate the children they have, that they have healthy children," she explained.

But not all messages have been in favor of the photos and to those people, Walker says they can friend her on Facebook at their own discretion.

"If you're my friend and you want to see the picture then look at it, but if you don't, just like any TV show or anything else you watch, if you don't want to see it you don't have to," said Walker.  "But I want to share this with people just like any other person wants to share their baby or their child."

Copyright 2012 WMC-TV. All rights reserved.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002547/

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benefit-for-Grayson-James-Walker/247676448648145


What would YOU do if you were in this family's position? Would you terminate the pregnancy? Would you carry to term and spend what time with your child that you could? Do you feel Facebook is in the wrong for banning these pictures? Or, should Facebook ban her? 


**Please do not flame others who respond to this post. This was not made in an attempt to belittle someone for the choice they would do if they were in this position. If you choose to view the pictures, please be aware of they are indeed saddening and heartbreaking**

Thank you to the lovely lady who gave me the link to their supporters page. If you want to support the family, see the link. 

https://www.facebook.com/TeamGrayson21512

by on May. 18, 2012 at 8:45 PM
Replies (141-144):
HeathersForever
by on May. 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

OMG thanks btw I just watched the video and I bawled and so did my husband I think it was at 10 mins my husband yelled "turn it off" with tears in his voice...he could not take anymore. I cannot believe how strong that family is.

I_luv_my_boys3
by on May. 21, 2012 at 4:01 AM
I cried so hard I couldn't stop crying! Bless lil Grayson <3 True Angel from God <3 Every baby deserves to be here on earth :)
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Ravvie
by on May. 21, 2012 at 10:03 AM

I would terminate, certainly. If I'm told its something to this extreme, I'm not going to put the kid through a miserable 8 hours or a few days of life just so I can be selfish and put my own feelings over it's.

RayneC21
by on May. 21, 2012 at 3:03 PM

This family is filled with unbelievable strength. I have no idea how they even took all of those beautiful pictures and held it together so well. I admire her and her family for this strength and would only hope that I would be able to do the same for my child.

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