"My child was perfect"

Mother condemns doctor who suggested she abort child with Down Syndrome

Emersyn Faith Baker (Facebook)

The mother of a 15-month-old girl with Down Syndrome whose prenatal doctor recommended she abort her pregnancy has shared with the Parker Myles Facebook page the letter she wrote to her doctor, in which she tells him that she thinks he was wrong, and that the beauty of life should “always give you pause.” In a post explaining her decision to share the letter, Courtney Williams Baker of Sanford, Florida, said that her life had only grown better since having her baby, and that she hoped her experience could be a source of support for other prospective parents. “[Our prenatal specialist] repeatedly suggested we abort,” Baker wrote in the letter. “He said her and our quality of life would be horrible. He was so unbelievably wrong.”

The doctor had prenatally diagnosed Baker’s daughter, Emersyn Faith, with Down Syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes physical growth delays and moderate intellectual disability. Some doctors recommend abortions when such abnormalities are detected, due to the difficulty of raising and caring for a child that, upon reaching adulthood, typically has the equivalent mental age of an 8- or 9-year-old child.

In her letter, Baker wrote that a friend who gave birth to a child with Down Syndrome had received unconditional support from her doctor, describing the child, before and after the birth, as “perfect.” Baker wishes her doctor had given her the same encouragement instead of suggesting termination, and she wrote that his lectures caused her to “[dread] our appointments.”

Talking with ABC, Baker expressed the hope that her letter might have had an impact. “I have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle, and he can change any heart.”

Read the full story at USA Today.

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