Category Archives: Abortion and the Disabled

She would have had an abortion, but now she is grateful for her baby with down syndrome

Sherrill Rechner found out her son had down syndrome after he was born, and was angry she hadn’t had a chance to abort him: “The geneticist calls. No, I don’t want to speak to her. I am furious with her, … Continue reading

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Pregnant mother given little information about down syndrome

Dee Bird was told her baby had Down syndrome and that she only had a 1% chance of surviving until birth. Abortion was suggested, but Bird decided to have her daughter Amellia. She says: “As long as Amellia is healthy … Continue reading

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Training manual instructs clinic workers to convince women pregnant with disabled babies to abort

In a book meant to teach abortion workers how to “counsel” women considering abortion, the authors tell the workers to recommend abortion when the baby has a disability When counselling, the aim of the health professional involved would normally be … Continue reading

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Mother of baby with down syndrome is asked why she didn’t abort

Tia Marsili has two daughters with down syndrome. With one of them, she learned of the diagnosis in the womb, and chose not to abort. She says: “My sister looked at me and said, ‘Why didn’t you abort her?’ I … Continue reading

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Mother of disabled child speaks out against abortion

The mother of a child with Down Syndrome wrote: “When I hear about people who have aborted such a child [with down syndrome] because they didn’t want him to have to “live a life like that,” I am incredulous. How … Continue reading

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Mother of two children with down syndrome speaks

Ashley Engele is a mom of two whose oldest child has Down syndrome, found out she was pregnant with her third baby, who also had downs. She never considered abortion. Her first child,  Rilynn, is now 4 1/2 years old. … Continue reading

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Doctors pressure mother to abort her child

Monique tells her story: “My husband and I found out we were expecting our first baby and we were thrilled. The day came for our 20 week scan, but after the ultrasound we were just left to wait. After several … Continue reading

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Woman says why she would abort child with down syndrome

Mary Ann Bailey, saying why she would have an abortion if her baby tested positive for down syndrome: “Given a choice, I would rather my child did not have a disability. That’s all.” Mary Ann Bailey “Why I Had Amniocentesis” … Continue reading

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Mother calls daughter with Down syndrome ‘closest thing to an angel’

Michele Harmon wrote about her child with Down syndrome in her essay, “The Most Beautiful Face on Earth.” Ciarra attends a regular preschool program, she was potty trained before she was three, and is a very independent little kid. She … Continue reading

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Mother of daughter with down syndrome speaks out

Patricia E Bauer, whose daughter Margaret has down syndrome: “Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like “your duty” to abort a disabled child.” Patricia Bauer “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have” Washington … Continue reading

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