Couple gives reasons for aborting baby with down syndrome

A couple gave their reasons for aborting their child with down syndrome, a boy. The mother, Natalie said:

“A seriously handicapped child takes a lot from your life that you wouldn’t otherwise have to give. I think life is difficult enough as it is. It didn’t make sense to us to start [a baby] out with severe problems, to go into it knowing.”

The father, Richard, said:

“Both of us are in jobs that are a lot more than jobs. They’re things that we do because we believe in the work. All those things would have been affected by a life of caring for a Down’s child.”

At the time of the interview, Natalie was pregnant again:

“When we spoke to her she was pregnant again. “Our chances are much higher now that we’ve had a Down fetus…for some reason they don’t understand, once you have a Down baby, the recurrence rate goes to one in a hundred- bingo- for all ages.”

If her next baby had down’s, she was going to abort again.

“Natalie asserted that her and her husband’s decision to abort their Down syndrome fetus was the right one and they would do the same thing again….”My best guess is that if the CVS were not available…I don’t think I would have tried to get pregnant again.”….She said she would still abort her current pregnancy.”

Fortunately, her baby was found to be a healthy girl, and they allowed her to live.

Kate Maloy and Maggie Jones Patterson Birth or Abortion? Private Struggles in a Political World (New York: Plenum Press, 1992)

Both parents chose abortion not out of concern for the well-being of the child, but because they did not want to make the sacrifices needed to raise the baby. In fact, there is a waiting list to adopt Down Syndrome children, so they could have given birth without raising the child at all.

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Sarah Terzo is a freelance writer and journalist who works for Live Action. She is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life.
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