Woman explains why she would abort child with down syndrome

By Sarah Terzo

Mary Ann Bailey, saying why she would have an abortion if her baby tested positive for down syndrome:

“Given a choice, I would rather my child did not have a disability. That’s all.”

Bailey also says that a child born with down syndrome will have “potentially significant limitations” (p.66) and that even though families with down syndrome children tend to function well, “life will still be more difficult” for her and her family (p.70).

From Mary Ann Bailey “Why I Had Amniocentesis” in Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights (Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press, 2000),p. 68, E. Parens and A. Asch (eds.)

Quoted in Chris Kaposy Choosing down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technology (Cambridge, Massachusetts: The MIT Press, 2018).

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