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         July 2016


1607 image news

US woman writes letter to the doctors who urged her to abort her baby

A mother from the US has published online a letter she wrote to the doctor who pushed for her to abort her daughter who was diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome whilst in the womb.@ Courtney Baker recalls how the doctor insisted her family’s quality of life would be significantly reduced if they chose to go ahead with the pregnancy, a view which Baker challenges in her letter;

“I’m not angry. I’m not bitter. I’m just really sad…I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy today…and my prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother’s womb, you will look at that mommy and see me and then tell her the truth: ‘our child is perfect.’” @

According to the original article, 90% of babies diagnosed prenatally with Downs Syndrome are aborted and it argues that one of the main reasons is lack of accurate information on life with the condition, including from misinformed doctors.

Don’t screen us out

A similar plea to Baker’s has been heard concerning prenatal diagnoses of Downs Syndrome in the UK news this month.  As reported in January’s image news @, non-invasive pre-natal testing (NIPT) has recently been approved in the UK, but concerns have been raised that whilst the intention is to reduce the number of miscarriages, it could also have the “unintended consequence of increasing the number of abortions for those with Downs Syndrome.” In response, the  “Don’t Screen Us Out”@ campaign, which seeks to have a full consultation before the new test is fully implemented, submitted an Early Day Motion@  in Parliament.  It calls for “medical reforms to be introduced which provide greater support for parents who have received a pre-natal diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome.”