No definately not.
No definately not.
Not read the replies, but YES I would consider terminating.
I can't say I would. The question is so huge, and there will always be so many mitigating factors, but to be honest at the moment I'm not certain I'd even need a medical reason to consider termination. It's exactly why I'm not intending on falling pregnant!
I would never have an abortion. period.
It would naturally depend on exactly what sort of disability we were facing but...
... With my first pregnancy I didn't have the NT scan because I wouldn't have terminated.
But with this pregnancy, even after 2 years TTC I knew I would consider terminating for downs at 13 weeks. Unless I had a severely unwell baby, like not or unlikely to be viable, I wouldn't abort later than that.
It don't think it would be an easy decision for anyone. But I do think I'd be taking not just the babies quality of life, but the family as a whole. Which feels awful to say. But I would consider that.
I proceeded after having a confirmed Down syndrome diagnosis and am now a very proud and incredibly happy mother of the most beautiful little girl ever. She is special regardless of the DS, not because of it.
What haunts me is the story from the UK where a woman expecting twins discovered one of her babies had down syndrome. She opted to terminate that pregnancy and maintain the healthy child. The surgeons unfortunately terminated the wrong foetus and she carried the DS baby to term. Needless to say, a very large lawsuit proceeded....
I couldn't bring myself to terminate. I am a special Ed teacher and have a brother with autism.
DH and I also refused an NT scan because at the end of the day we couldn't terminate either, in saying that I would never judge another person if they did decide to terminate it would be such a hard decision to make.
I have also worked as a carer for 14 or so years and I have worked with so many beautiful people, so to me I felt like I'd be rejecting them (so to speak) so I couldn't bring myself to do it. I am also well informed about various disabilities.
I wouldnt terminate, DH would.
Probably not. Can't say for sure, though.
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