Years ago I followed an email list for parents of children with disabilities. A member of that group started the Silver Ribbon Campaign in the late 1990s. It included this tagline:
Consider this silver ribbon a special gift. Please wear it to promote the awareness and support of children with disabilities.
Yesterday, on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, I found this on the site maintained by the Reproductive Coalition for Reproductive Choice website:
Join the Silver Ribbon Campaign – Wear A Silver Ribbon January 22-February 22 to Stand in Solidarity for Reproductive Rights and Justice.
It just made me want to cry. Of all the colors the pro-abortion marketers had to choose, why that one?
I am tempted to a cynical thought that it was intentional, but I’m sure that isn’t the case.
The Silver Ribbon Campaign for children with disabilities never really took off here, but I would occasionally see a ribbon that looked silver or grey. And that would make me smile.
Now, that symbol has been connected with the destruction of those same children.