Many of you have probably read this heartbreaking story about a woman who lost her kids in a custody battle because she had stage four breast cancer, even though she was stable.
Here we see an unwillingness to support a person with a serious illness and her family. The article I just linked explains the justifications given for not giving the mother custody: the illness would be hard on the children and that children do better when they're removed from that kind of situation.
Well, why not provide social support to the family? If Mom becomes too ill to give the kids everything they need, why not provide her with some sort of caregiver? Why not provide a therapist to help mom and children cope with the trauma? Oh, right. That costs money.
But I think it's more than that: I think it's implied that her illness makes her an unfit mother. So many with illnesses lose so much, especially socially: many are poor, stigmatized, have inadequate access to the resources they need, etc. How terrible that now one has lost her kids. It's not her fault she's sick. She hasn't done anything wrong. So help her!
And the father doesn't exactly seem like full-custody material. I wish there was more protection for parents with serious illnesses and disabilities. Parenthood shouldn't be conditional upon wellness.