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Doctors pressured these moms to abort. They each refused.


A group of women celebrated Mother’s Day by sharing positive stories of motherhood and how they chose life despite being pressured to have abortions.

Fox & Friends Weekend spotlighted Catherine Glenn Foster, Courtney Baker, and Suzanne Guy, whose doctors all told them to have abortions. Foster, an attorney and the former president and CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), was told her preborn baby might have a disability.

“The doctors came in with that serious expression on their face and said my now eight-year-old had an elevated risk of a trisomy disorder, the most famous of which is Down Syndrome, of course,” she said. “They sat me down, and they said ‘Maybe you should consider abortion.’ I said ‘Absolutely not. I’m here to be a witness to you that every single human life is precious, and that’s something that I’ve consistently maintained throughout my career, and I’m going to choose life come what may.'”

Foster, who previously had an abortion at the age of 19, did not follow her doctor’s advice. Yet she said that pressure to have an abortion from doctors happens frequently, particularly when the child is believed to have a disability.

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“It’s important to be the bridge to those moms, to make sure that moms know that we are here for them,” she said. “Because that — a relationship, that support — can mean the difference between despair and hope, death and life, regret and family.”

While Foster’s child did not have Down syndrome, Baker’s did, and after giving birth, she wrote a letter to the doctor who told her to have an abortion.

“My doctor was so wrong, and I think there are so many out there that are just so wrong,” she explained. “They need to understand that the moms are the experts. They know that their child is created a masterpiece, and they have a plan, and they have a purpose in this world, and my daughter is proving that. Her legacy is life. And we need to speak up. Everyone who has a loved one with Down syndrome understands how beautiful they are.”

Guy, meanwhile, explained that mothers do not regret giving life to their children.

“Every single one of these precious children in the womb are valuable, unique, made in the image of the almighty God, and they must be protected and must be fought for,” she said. “And our Rachel Mary — of course, spoken like a biased mother, but it’s true — is not only one of the greatest joys of Pete’s and my life, but the lives that she touches with her ray-of-sunshine attitude and approach to life, and her love for the Lord, and how she loves others. We cannot even begin to imagine a world without Rachel Mary. These doctors need to use their power to protect and fight for all lives.”

Preborn children diagnosed with disabilities are often aborted, many times because they are subjected to intense pressure from doctors to do so. One woman, for example, whose daughter had spina bifida was told to have an abortion at every single appointment throughout her pregnancy. A survey found that doctors admitted to intentionally giving parents outdated, inaccurate information about disabilities in a direct effort to convince them to have abortions.

Guy argued that a child’s health condition should not mean they are subjected to abortion, concluding, “These are incredible individuals who are making an impact, inside the womb and outside the womb.”

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