The BBC has published a magazine feature on actress Sally Phillips and her upcoming documentary, “A world without Down’s syndrome?”
The piece says that ninety per cent of people in the UK who know their child has Down’s syndrome will have an abortion. It also expresses concerns that the new NIPT (non-invasive prenatal blood test) will increase the numbers still further.
Sally Phillips, famous for her roles in Bridget Jones and Miranda, recounts the doctor saying ,”I’m sorry, I’m so sorry” and the nurse crying when her son Olly was diagnosed with Down’s syndrome 10 days after his birth. But she says that life with Olly is not what they expected.
“I was told it was a tragedy and actually it’s a comedy. It’s like a sitcom where something appears to go wrong but there’s nothing bad at the end of it.”
The article also links to the TED talk given by Karen Gaffney, a 38 year old American woman with Down’s syndrome, who features in the documentary.