Mom Sends Letter To Doctor Who Suggested An Abortion For Daughter With Down Syndrome

Courtesy of Courtney Baker on Parker Myles Facebook page

Mom Sends Letter To Doctor Who Suggested An Abortion For Daughter With Down Syndrome

Courtney Baker and her 15 month old daughter Emersyn Faith mailed a letter to her doctor who suggested she abort her child because she has Down Syndrome. Clearly she did not follow through with that suggestion. Instead she followed through with the pregnancy and sent a heartwarming letter.

In the letter she wrote,

“Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she’s touched the hearts of thousands. She’s given us a purpose and a joy that is impossible to express. She’s given us bigger smiles, more laughter and sweeter kisses than we’ve ever known. She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love. So my prayer is that no other mommy will have to go through what I did. My prayer is that you, too, will now see true beauty and pure love with every sonogram.”

She continued,

“I came to you during the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we terminate our child. I told you her name, and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome. You suggested we reconsider our decision to continue the pregnancy.”

Baker told ABC News,

“I have no idea how the doctor might have reacted to my letter, but I do have faith that God can work any miracle and he can change any heart.”

The mother of three indicated her doctor told her, her daughter and families quality of life would be diminished if she were to go through with the pregnancy. Despite her refusal she maintained she continued to feel pressure to terminate from the doctor. Regardless she insisted she felt the need to write the letter before Emersyn was even born. The letter was sent at the end of May and shared on the Parker Myles Facebook page that later went viral.

Her most important point is one we can all take to heart,

I hope he sees Emmy. I hope he sees my words on paper. Emmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world. She’s doing it right now.”

The full letter can be read here.


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Olivia Babine
Olivia is a foreign English teacher in Seoul, South Korea. She's studied abroad in Morocco and Cuba and is a 2015 graduate of Saint Anselm College with a BA in International Relations and Economics. She enjoys writing part time on the side about politics, environmental issues, and travel.

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