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What if there’s something “wrong” with the baby?

It would be wrong to say that the life of a child with a disability is of less value than the life of any other child. None of us is free of imperfections, and our society prides itself on accommodating those whose disabilities would otherwise prevent them from enjoying the goods of modern life.

A disability can even become a source of tremendous personal growth and meaning. The parents of disabled children often report that their lives are enriched by the experience of caring for a disabled child, and those children grow up valuing their own lives as much as any of us does.

Nevertheless, many parents who receive a poor prenatal diagnosis report being pressured to abort by medical staff, who see no value in that child.

Moreover, aborting a child for being disabled may compound the physical and emotional trauma women often experience after abortion. No child deserves the death penalty for being less than perfect.

See also Where can parents get help dealing with a poor prenatal diagnosis?

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