You’ve probably heard the statistic before that as many as 90 percent of unborn children diagnosed with Down Syndrome become victims of abortion. This is partly due to the fact that mothers and fathers of such unborn babies face enormous pressure to have an abortion.
Whether the pressure comes from the doctor himself, family, or society, it has resulted in the destruction of people simple because they are somewhat different from everyone else. Gerard Nadal, a pro-life geneticist, is taking it upon himself to do something about it. He is collecting stories from women and parents facing such pressure — so pro-life people can push back against it.
As Gerry writes on his blog:
It is well-known that women who receive so-called poor prenatal diagnoses are pressured by genetic counselors and obstetricians to abort the baby. Often, as in the case of Down syndrome, the diagnosis comes with just a week or two left before the legal limit to have an abortion. In the midst of the shock and bewilderment, the feelings of inadequacy in the face of certain special needs (Feelings which are completely normal), often comes severe coercion by physicians who will refuse to treat unless an abortion is obtained. Mothers and fathers are asked why they would make their child suffer. Family and babies’ fathers threaten physical, financial, and emotional abandonment.
With Down syndrome over 90% of babies are aborted within this crucible.
I have heard first-hand accounts that are horrid, accounts where the truth of therapeutic options for prenatal surgeries, post-partum surgeries and therapies often make for very functional children. Even when such is not the option, there is hardly ever a referral to a support group for a different perspective.
Then there are the frequent horror stories of the baby aborted and found to have been perfectly healthy and normal. Modern medicine is on a eugenic rampage and the stories of these mothers and fathers need to be told.
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Therefore, I am beginning a project to collect the stories of parents who have been victims of abusive physicians and genetic counselors, whether they aborted or carried the child to term. Both the triumph and tragedy need to be told. Names will be kept anonymous and stories will be printed only by permission and in the parents’ own words in an upcoming book. Please reach out to anyone you know with such a story, and then email me at:
All names will be kept strictly confidential, and only those stories will be published where written authorization to do so has been obtained.