December 14, 2009 11:44pm CST
So early this week I found out that this lady had an abortion at eighteen weeks because she found out that the child would end up having down syndrome. In Arizona it's illegal to have abortions after eight weeks. I think this situation is extremely messed up. It seems as though this lady has the abortion for selfish reasons, perhaps so she couldn't be ashamed of having a child that has special needs. What's your opinion on this, is it wrong or fair?
15 Dec 09
Based on my personal conviction, abortion will never be right whether that is two weeks, three weeks or more weeks. Abortion for me is a sin against the person who was aborted and a sin against God. I agree with you that the lady did the abortion for her own personal reasons. We may not know the real reasons why but the mere act of abortion will not justify any reason she had.
• United States
15 Dec 09
I agree. I believe that every child should have a chance regardless of health problems. Also doctors aren't always right. The child could have ended up perfectly fine. I know a few parents who have children with special needs. They call their children miracles and call the hard trials rewarding.
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 09
A baby girl was born and a doctor told her parents she will never walk. Leg exercises were done on her. She amazed everyone when at 4 years old she began walking. At my son's playgroup for disabled children some of the parents found out about their child's disability during pregnancy like I did. Others like my friend with the down syndrome boy found out just after he was born. Quite a number found out their child was disabled more than a year after he or she was born. I think abortion is wrong.
6 Jan 10
Abortion can never be justified. These stupid hospitals who are offering it doesn't seem to know how important life is. All I know that medical practitioners are trained to saved lives, not to kill a person. And for the person having abortion, I hope that she can repent this act before her days end. And I hope that this will not hunt her for the rest of her life.
• United Kingdom
17 Dec 09
I am the parent of a special needs child. His name is Leo and he is 31 months old. I found out about his spina bifida and hydrocephalus at 36 weeks pregnancy. The hospital offered me an abortion and I was horrified. I said no way. Usually the time limit is 24 weeks pregnancy unless the mother's life is in danger or the baby is severely disabled. I love my dear little boy. Everyone that meets him likes his bright smile. He can't walk but he can crawl. He is able to talk. He has to have catheter care. He goes to a playgroup for children with special needs. There is a little girl with down syndrome and I really like her. One of my friends has a little boy with down syndrome and he is lovely. One lady said "special needs babies are born to special parents" . I feel proud to be Leo's mom. Many spina bifida babies have been aborted along with other special needs babies. Aborting a baby because he or she is disabled is something I don't agree with. I think that abortion is wrong unless the mother's life is in danger. Plenty of disabled people have done some wonderful things. The lady that had an abortion at 18 weeks because she had a down syndrome baby made a difficult choice. She might end up feeling guilty. She might feel that bringing her baby into the world to suffer would have been wrong for her child. She might have felt she didn't want to be bothered with having a disabled child. Only she can say why she had her baby aborted. I would never ever have an abortion.