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” in E Parens and A Asch (eds.) Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000) 68

Bailey also says that a child born with down syndrome will have “potentially significant limitations” (66) and that even though families with down syndrome children tend to function well, “life will still be more difficult” for her and her family (70).

Quoted in Chris Kaposy Choosing down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2018)

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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. She lives in NJ.

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