Hundreds of thousands of stories prove that  Trisomy 13 and 18 are not “incompatible with sustaining life”; label is stigmatic and wrong

By Louisiana Right to Life 

“I am writing to say that Trisomy 18 is not ‘medically futile’ and should be taken off of the list of diagnoses for which a doctor can recommend abortion in Louisiana. I know this because of my living, breathing, smiling 1 1/2 year old daughter, Mary Teresa.” 


Mary Teresa

Emily, local Baton Rouge area mother, shared a letter about the precious story of her daughter because right now, the Louisiana Department of Health is reviewing its list of exceptions to the Louisiana pro-life law that makes abortion illegal. Among 24 “incompatible with sustaining life” anomalies listed is included Trisomy 13 and 18. But hundreds of thousands of stories just like Mary Teresa’s prove that this “incompatible” label is stigmatic and wrong.

To be clear, we did not support the inclusion of the “medical futility” provision and abhor our government having a list of babies that can be killed. All people, including those with profound disabilities or terminal illnesses, have the right to life.

And in particular while this discriminatory list exists, we are pointing out the cruel, contradictory listing of Trisomy 13 and 18.  

“We never had to say goodbye or use that coffin because she is thriving to this day! Every day is a gift with our daughter. The medical professionals said her life would be limited. Maybe it will be. However, she has far exceeded any expectation placed on her!” 

Read more about this “medically futile” issue, family’s stories, and resources for these families nationally and locally here: ProLifeLouisiana.org/prenatal-diagnosis.