Ninety percent of unborn babies diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted. This distressing statistic makes the following mothers even more remarkable for choosing life for their beautiful children who just happen to have an extra chromosome.
In this amazing story,one couple was close o aborting their baby but changed their minds at the last minute.
As the Daily Mail reports, Claire and Benjamin Martin’s son Xavier was born with Down Syndrome but the couple didn’t find out that he had the condition until 15 weeks into the pregnancy and they planned to have an abortion. At the last minute they changed their minds and walked out of the abortion clinic.
Sadly, Claire said some people have treated their son with contempt and one woman described Xavier as the ‘most hideous baby I’ve ever seen.”
As Claire and Benjamin Martin sat in a medical clinic waiting to terminate their first baby, they were gripped by a fear of the unknown.
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They knew there was no coming back.
Then just weeks after being told that their unborn son had Down Syndrome and only days after coming to the decision to have an abortion, the couple had a last-minute change of heart.
‘I’d made an appointment to have a termination and we were sitting there but then my husband dragged me outside,’ Mrs Martin told Daily Mail Australia.
‘He said, “What are we doing? Lets go home, we cant kill this baby”.
‘I was relieved, I needed someone to say they were on my side.’
Now, eight weeks into their parenting journey with Xavier, they say they have absolutely no regrets.
‘I told all my family I was pregnant with a baby with Down Syndrome and they would say “I’m so sorry” and would cry and then hug me.
‘I even had one person say to me, “If this was a dog what would you do?”
‘But I think it was their lack of education about Down Syndrome and I understand that, because I probably would’ve done the same thing as well.’
There was a woman at a school dance who thought I couldn’t hear her and turned to her friends and said “That’s the most hideous baby that I’ve ever seen”.
‘There’s a lot of support for women and men who have children with Downs, but the only thing that worries me is the reactions of some people in public.
‘But Xavier has me and other people who will protect him forever, so that’s OK.’