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Thursday, June 9, 2016

Mother Pens Letter to Doctor Who Told Her to Abort Her Baby with Down Syndrome

Emersyn. Photo courtesy of ParkerMyles.com.
Emersyn. Photo courtesy of ParkerMyles.com.
By Nancy Flanders
Live Action News

Courtney Baker was terrified when she went to a specialist during her pregnancy to confirm that her preborn daughter had Down syndrome; but those fears turned to sadness and anger, as she listened to the doctor advise her to abort the baby girl she had already named.

Baker refused abortion, and now, over a year later, she has sent a letter to that doctor, and shared that letter with the world online.

In the heartfelt letter, Baker told the doctor:

From that first visit, we dreaded our appointments. The most difficult time in my life was made nearly unbearable because you never told me the truth.
My child was perfect.

The doctor told Baker that the family’s quality of life would be diminished by a child with Down syndrome; and even after Baker said no to abortion, the doctor continued to put the pressure on her to abort— but Baker never gave in.

Emersyn Baker and her mom via ParkerMyles.com.
Emersyn Baker and her mom. Photo courtesy of ParkerMyles.com.

Emersyn is now 15 months old, and is a joy to her parents and family. In the letter, Baker tells the doctor:

I’m not angry. I’m not bitter. I’m really just sad. I’m sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears don’t always give you pause. I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today. But I’m mostly sad you’ll never have the privilege of knowing my daughter, Emersyn.

Baker goes on to say that Emersyn has given her a purpose and an overwhelming sense of joy. She says that her daughter has “opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love” and “touched the hearts of thousands.”

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