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Australian YouTuber opens up on child’s deformity and fight to break stigma of difference in society


By Jackson Barron For Daily Mail Australia

04:17 13 Oct 2020, updated 04:17 13 Oct 2020

  • Keiara Moore is campaigning to break the stigma around deformities in society
  • Ms Moore’s daughter Mila was born with a cleft lip and has breathing difficulties 
  • The ‘Aussie Mum Vlogger’ ran a photoshoot with other women with deformities
  • She hopes to raise awareness of deformities and give inspiration to her daughter

A young mother has started a campaign to normalise the stigma around body deformities and differences after her daughter was born with a birth defect.

Keiara Moore uploaded a video to her ‘Aussie Mum Vlogger’ Youtube page on Monday to reveal her daughter Mila’s struggle with a cleft lip.

‘Mila was born with a unilateral cleft lip and she also has got a cleft of the gum notch, which basically means that from her nose to her kip on one side was completely open,’ Ms Moore says in the video. 

The pregnant mother-of-two from northern NSW is running a campaign through her clothing and jewellery business Love Ellis Rose to break the stigma around deformities in society.

Keiara Moore (pictured with daughter Mila) is campaigning to break the stigma around deformities in society

She enlisted the help of Georgia Townsley and Ellie Louise Mckenzie, who have limb deficiency and unilateral cleft lip and palate respectively, to highlight women with differences in a photo shoot to inspire her daughter and others with deformities.

‘I never want to be pitied or told I can’t do something because I will always find a way,’ Ms Townsley said, who is missing her left hand.

‘I definitely think my younger self would have been more confident if I saw more people like me in mainstream media.’

Her sentiment was backed by Ms Mckenzie, who believed more education on differences is needed. 

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‘We need to nomalise deformities and allow more people to showcase their beauty instead of hide, be ashamed or scared of it,’ she said. 

Ms Moore said she was incredibly proud of the women in the photo shoot showcasing their true selves.

‘They’re honestly showcasing their biggest insecurities to try and help break the stigma and raise awareness and I think that’s so amazing,’ Ms she said. 

Ms Moore (pictured far right with daughter Mila) uploads videos as the ‘Aussie Mum Vlogger’ and conducted a photo shoot featuring Georgia Townsley (pictured middle) and Ellie Louise Mckenzie (pictured left) who both have deformities to break down the stigma of differences in society
Ms Moore’s daughter Mila (pictured) was born with a cleft lip and suffers breathing difficulties

Mila had surgery when she was three-months-old on her cleft lip and will have more in the future, including inserting a bone graft from her hip once she turns eight.

The four-year-old has constant issues with her nose including breathing difficulties, leaving Ms Moore conscious of showing Mila other women with differences as a source of motivation.

‘I want a future where Mila can grow

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Amy Coney Barrett: Senate opens hearing into Trump Supreme Court pick

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Amy Coney Barrett, US President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, is going before the Senate Judiciary Committee for what could be a fiery confirmation hearing over the next four days.

The 48-year-old conservative jurist has vowed to judge legal cases impartially.

Judge Barrett’s nomination so close to the 3 November presidential election has sparked a political row between the Republicans and rival Democrats.

Judge Barrett’s approval would cement a conservative majority on the top court.

Conservative-leaning justices would then hold a 6-3 majority, shifting its ideological balance for potentially decades to come.

President Trump picked Judge Barrett to replace liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died last month aged 87.

The Republicans – who currently hold a slim majority in the US Senate, the body that appoints Supreme Court judges – are now trying to complete the process before Mr Trump takes on Democratic rival Joe Biden in the election.

Who is Amy Coney Barrett?

  • favoured by social conservatives due to record on issues like abortion and gay marriage
  • a devout Catholic but says her faith does not influence her legal opinion
  • is an originalist, which means interpreting US Constitution as authors intended, not moving with the times
  • lives in Indiana, has seven children including two adopted from Haiti

Read more: Who is Trump’s Supreme Court pick?

The court’s nine justices serve lifetime appointments, and their rulings can shape public policy on everything from gun and voting rights to abortion and campaign finance.

Democrats fear Judge Barrett’s successful nomination would favour Republicans in politically sensitive cases that reach the Supreme Court.

In his opening statement as the hearing began, committee Chairman Lindsey Graham described Ms Barrett as being “in a category of excellence, something the country should be proud of”.

What will Judge Barrett say in her opening remarks?

In what is effectively an interview for the job, the confirmation hearing will give Judge Barrett a chance to explain her legal philosophy and qualifications for the lifetime post.

In prepared remarks released ahead of Monday’s meeting, Judge Barrett thanks President Trump for “entrusting me with this profound responsibility”, which she calls the “honour of a lifetime”.

In the speech, Judge Barrett will speak of the importance of her family and how her parents prepared her for a “life of service, principle, faith, and love”.

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Judge Barrett will pay tribute to judges she has worked with, including former Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

Justice Scalia’s reasoning “shaped me”, Judge Barrett will say. “His judicial philosophy was straightforward: A judge must apply the law as written, not as the judge wishes it were.”

Judge Barrett will say she has “resolved to maintain that same perspective” in her legal career.

It is up to elected politicians to make “policy decisions and value

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Japanese Court Opens Government and TEPCO to Further Fukushima Claims | World News

TOKYO (Reuters) – A Japanese appeal court on Wednesday ruled that the state and Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings (TEPCO) could have taken steps to prevent the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster and are therefore liable for compensation claims.

The ruling by the Sendai High Court, which upholds a lower court decision, means the government and TEPCO must pay 1.01 billion yen ($9.6 million) to 3,550 plaintiffs forced to flee their homes after a magnitude 9 earthquake triggered a tsunami that devastated the country’s northeast and crippled the Fukushima nuclear plant, public broadcaster NHK reported.

The ruling could open up the government to further damage claims because thousands of other residents evacuated as reactors at the coastal power station overheated and released a radioactive cloud. While some people have returned home, areas close to the plant are still off limits.

The court said that the government could have taken measures to protect the site, based on expert assessments available in 2002 that indicated the possibility of a tsunami of more than 15 metres, said NHK, which aired footage of the plaintiffs celebrating outside the court after the ruling.

The government has yet to say whether it will appeal against the decision in Japan’s Supreme Court.

“We will consider the ruling and take appropriate action,” Chief Cabinet Secretary Katsunobu Kato said at a news briefing after the ruling.

Officials at TEPCO were unavailable when Reuters tried to reach them outside regular business hours.

(Reporting by Tim Kelly; Editing by David Goodman)

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