Girl With Down Syndrome Posts Letter to Doctor Who Wanted Parents To Abort Her

Hey TD,

Are you anxious about the future? The fact is that we all are, to some degree.  How we live with those fears will in fact heavily influence that very future we fear.  As I read the article below, I couldn’t help but think of the paralyzing fear that parents can have when they are told that their unborn child will be born with special needs.

When Sandra was pregnant with our eldest, Nathaniel, our doctor recommended an amniocentesis to be taken.  This is a procedure where the doctor draws amniotic fluid from the mother’s amniotic sac for testing.  When we asked what they would be testing for and why she recommended it, the doctor said that they would be testing for Down Syndrome, so we could abort the baby if the results came out positive.  We said that we would be keeping the baby no matter what.  I asked if there were other health concerns for Sandra to take the amnio.  The doctor said no.  So we refused the procedure.

The article below also reminds me of when Sandra was pregnant with our fourth child.  At the time, we had three boys, so people at church would often ask whether it was a boy or a girl, and say something like, “You want a girl, right?”  I would reply that we didn’t know and that we’d be totally fine with whatever God gave us.  And then sensing where we were coming from, they would say something like, “Oh yes, yes, of course.  Well, as long as it’s healthy,” leaving us once again to try to gently disagree with them, though I knew they were well meaning.  So, my response would be, “We will take whatever God gives us, boy or girl, healthy or not.  It will be our child and we will him or her fully, regardless.”  That child turned out to be Angela, and as promised, we love her fully indeed!

Courtney Baker’s doctor recommended her to abort her daughter after her amniocentesis results came in.  And boy is she glad she didn’t!  Here is a powerful letter she and her daughter, Emmy, recently wrote to her doctor.  Please read and glean!

See you at TD this Friday! – Arthur

Girl With Down Syndrome Posts Letter to Doctor Who Wanted Parents To Abort Her

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“This is Emmy, mailing our letter to the prenatal specialist who didn’t want her to live. He repeatedly suggested we abort. He said her and our quality of life would be horrible.” Emmy’s mother Courtney Baker says, “He was so unbelievably wrong. I want to do something to advocate, but other than my letter to him, I don’t know what yet.”

Emmy was diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome.

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Last month, Courtney wrote the doctor a letter- the very one Emmy mailed off to the specialist who suggested so many times she abort her daughter. And here is a copy of the letter.

“Dear Doctor,
A friend recently told me of when her prenatal specialist would see her child during her sonograms, he would comment, “He’s perfect.” Once her son was born with Down syndrome, she visited that same doctor. He looked at her little boy and said, “I told you. He’s perfect.”
Her story tore me apart. While I was so grateful for my friend’s experience, it filled me with such sorrow because of what I should have had. I wish you would have been that doctor.
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.
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.
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.

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Because, you see, 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.

And my prayer is when you see that next baby with Down syndrome lovingly tucked in her mother’s womb, you will look at that mommy and see me then tell her the truth: “Your child is perfect.”

 

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Courtney told ParkerMyles.com,  “Emmy has two siblings. Rhyan is almost 15 and Evynn is 11. They are crazy about their sister!! They had been through so much at that point [when we received the diagnosis].

We tried to be honest with them while keeping strong in our faith, but they knew about our pain and struggles with the specialist. When they heard that her diagnosis was confirmed at her birth, they were afraid.

Emmy was taken from me immediately after birth because of low oxygen levels, so the girls met her when I did. It was such a surreal moment after all that time of fear and heartache. She was there and she was ours.


The girls both said that at soon as they met her they fell in love. And it was obvious. A lot of healing happened at that moment. We never looked back to the fear and sadness, it’s been onward in the smiles and joy. Rhyan is the calm, quiet, motherly refuge for Emmy. Evynn is the wild, fun, cracking up laughter for her. They are a perfect trio.”

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Kat Abianac

Kat is a writer and a passionate advocate for inclusion in the media and advertising. She has two children, one with Down syndrome. Use the ‘contact us’ tab on this site to request her media kit or to get in touch. You may republish content from http://www.parkermyles.com on your own site, provided a pingback is made to her original article and she is fully credited as author.
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The Cosmic Cube: After Darkness, Light

Continuing our Cosmic Cube series, Kathy takes us back to her college days and the challenge she faced by professors and the like to live by the box rather than to live by the Book.  And while God’s Light is often eclipsed by the world’s darkness, it will never be obliterated.  His Light will always emerge from the fray, for He is the Light of the World! – Arthur

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July 16, 1945 is a day forever remembered and celebrated by the Los Alamos scientific community as the day physicists first tested out the atomic bomb over the New Mexico desert. On August 6th of 1945, the rest of the world watched in horror and fascination as “Little Boy” exploded over Hiroshima, instantly killing 66,000 people. The splitting of the atom was certainly a great scientific achievement and was met with much congratulation. However, it also unleashed unimaginable horror.

On September 10, 2008, my Life Science professor excitedly walked into class and asked, “Have you heard the news?” He proudly announced that the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world’s largest particle accelerator, made its first successful test run beneath the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva, Switzerland. Among the scientific community, it was a day of great celebration and accomplishment. After all, the project began in 1984, was built in collaboration with more than 10,000 scientists, and cost $10 billion! Furthermore, United States, Japan, Canada, Russia, India, and several European nations have all been major contributors to this huge project. BBC radio called this day, “Big Bang Day”, for “these international group of scientists plan to smash particles together to create, on a small-scale, re-enactments of the Big Bang.” (Yahoo News) Scientists hoped that this achievement will be the next great step to understand the makeup of the universe.

Mankind continues on the quest to find the answers to life’s big questions, and have progressed to greater and greater lengths with bigger investments and funding in pursuit of answers to questions, like how the universe came to be and how man originated on this earth. The successful firing of a beam of protons around the 17-mile tunnel housing the LHC was certainly a great scientific achievement and was also met with much congratulation. However, reminiscent of the atomic bomb, this celebratory attitude is unnerving, because the implications of building the LHC are horrific, beyond what we can imagine. Do they know exactly what they are cheering for when scientists congratulate themselves on this massive achievement? Take it to its logical conclusion and the assumptions are hardly a cause for celebration.

If indeed the cosmos is all there ever was, there wouldn’t be any ultimate meaning to human existence! If there is no ultimate meaning to human existence, then living morally and righteously would only be a preference. After all, all came from nothing and to nothing will we return. Is that a cause to celebrate? “‘What happens to the fool will happen to me also. Why then have I been so very wise?’ And I said in my heart that this also is vanity…how the wise dies just like the fool! So I hated life, because what is done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and a striving after wind.” (Ecc.2:15-17) As the world attempts to find the answers in the box, the implications can only be met with hate, grief, hopelessness, and despair. The author of Ecclesiastes understood that these are the implications if there is nothing outside the cube.

Somewhere underneath Geneva, Switzerland is this LHC. It is built in darkness, and sprung up from dark thoughts. Ironically, somewhere in Geneva, Switzerland, a Reformation Monument adorned with statues of the 16th century Reformation leaders, Calvin, Beza, Farel, and Knox, stands in the light above ground.  Surrounding these figures is the phrase, “Post Tenebras Lux—After darkness, light.” The light of the Reformation was the light of the Bible. We live by its light! If you ask a child what he thinks his life will be like living in a closed box, would we be surprised if he said, “dark?” Man attempts to answer life’s questions by looking for answers in the box. It’s a futile attempt and by its darkness, we can’t see anything! We can hardly understand where we are from, what we are doing here, and where we are going, what is right, and what is wrong. But, we have the Bible, which is not only a book about God, but a book from God. From above, He reached down and gave us His light; it is in Him that we can see. He gives us all the answers- who we are, why we exist, where we came from, where we are going, and how we should live! Until we see that, we’d be living in the dark, in the horrors of the false assumptions preached on college campuses, and carried out behind scientific research laboratory doors.

At the beginning of the year, another one of my professors proudly reminded our class that 2009 is the year evolutionists will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin’s birth and the 150th anniversary of On the Origin of the Species. A look into the assumptions tells us it’s not a cause for celebration.  As for me, I celebrate the Lord, the Most High…a great king over all the earth! “For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly.” (Ps. 138:6) Let us join the heavenly congregation in rejoicing, “Worthy are you, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they existed and were created.” (Rev. 4:11)

– Kathy Hung (now Chan)