By Sarah Terzo
The parent of a child who was born with a club foot and is now a surgeon wrote a letter to the editor of the Times of London to express their shock at laws in England allowing abortion up to birth for the condition:
“We were surprised to see that club foot (talipes) was mentioned in connection with late abortions…
Our son was born with severe talipes in 1979. He was described as handicapped and mixed race when we adopted him as a baby…
His legs are still thin, but his mobility has been only slightly limited. His two children do not have the condition.
We suspect that because of his childhood experience he was determined to be a surgeon, an ambition that he has achieved: he is now a very successful senior consultant surgeon in Australia. Thank goodness his birth mother did not opt for a termination.”
Dr. and Mrs. C. Mackay, “Late abortion could have claimed our brilliant boy” The Times July 11 2021.