Evidence illustrates strong presumption from doctors that parents with disabled children would choose to have them aborted

By Sarah Terzo

Commenting on testimony about the way parents of disabled preborn babies:

On Monday February 11,  we heard evidence at the inquiry from disability rights activists, parents of children born with disabilities and support groups for affected families.

There were several strong themes that emerged.

First, there seemed to be very little support or information available for families who wanted to keep their babies, as opposed to having them aborted.

Second, there was a strong presumption from doctors that parents with disabled children would choose to have them aborted.

Third, there was a huge amount of subtle or direct pressure placed on parents who decided not to abort. They were repeatedly asked to reconsider their decisions and treated like pariahs – in short they were discriminated against.

“Parliamentary Inquiry into Abortion on the Grounds of Disability.’ 

(For more background , click here)

Dr. Peter Saunders,  “Women who keep their disabled babies face coercion, discrimination and disdain.” Christian Medical Fellowship Blogs, February 19, 2013.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.