Genetic “counselors” are medical personnel that try to help women pregnant with babies that are disabled decide whether or not to abort them. If a person is at risk for having a baby with a disability, or when they already know that they are pregnant with one, these genetic counselors are supposed to be unbiased in guiding them whether or not to abort their disabled babies. From one genetic counselor:
“As a counselor, I consider it my job to accompany my patients to everything. The sonographer here at City is a right to lifer. When he knows someone has a positive diagnosis, that they are going to abort, he hands them a photo of the fetus. Imagine being forced to take it, to take that picture, when you know the pregnancy is Down’s, you know you’re going to abort!”
Genetic counselor Felicia Arcana
Rayna Rapp Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (New York: Routledge, 1999) 67
Abortion proponents and providers know the power of ultrasound, and many of them have the desire to shield women from seeing the truth about their unborn babies. Clearly, this activist doesn’t want the woman to be swayed against abortion. One might think that a woman would want (And a medical professional provide) every single bit of information she can get about her own body and her own pregnancy before she makes a life altering irrevocable decision that affects her health and future. But abortion proponents encourage women to make these decisions without seeing their babies on an ultrasound and knowing the development of their child.
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