Courtney Baker was very happy to find out the she was pregnant with her third daughter. When Emersyn “Emmy” Faith, daughter of Courtney Baker was diagnosed with Down syndrome still inside the womb, her mother looked to her prenatal specialist for encouragement and support. But, she received something she didn’t expect.
The mother of three beautiful kids from Sanford, Florida says her doctor didn’t just suggest that terminating her pregnancy was an option, but that he pressured her to do so even after she decided not to. Her doctor repeatedly suggested she abort her baby, claiming the entire family’s quality of life would be horrible.
Courtney Baker took more than a year to write a letter to the specialist who suggested so many times she abort her daughter. Below you can read the letter in three parts:
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.