Woman aborts baby with down syndrome- wanted a smart child

A female college professor decided to have an abortion when her baby tested positive for down syndrome.

“I’m not proud of this, but to be honest, I don’t want to cope with a mentally retarded child. My mother did volunteer work in the schools, with MR kids. She’s deeply against abortion. But she’s not against abortion for this. I guess some of her attitudes must’ve rubbed off on me. The thing that entrances me is having a smart child.”

Rayna Rapp Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America (New York: Routledge, 1999) 225

16 weeks.  Most cases of down syndrome are diagnosed by amniocentesis around this time
16 weeks. Most cases of down syndrome are diagnosed by amniocentesis around this time
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Sarah Terzo is a writer for Live Action and a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians and Consistent Life Network. She lives in NJ.

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