Waiting for a Child

The result of the test sounded like a prison sentence. There was no doubt that the child will be born disabled, and severely so. A proposal was then made to “get rid of the problem”, that is, abortion.

I have been working for several years at a publishing firm. A friend at work had a sister who had wanted to have a child for a long time and sought the help of reknowned specialists. Unfortunately without any success.

After sixteen years of marriage (she was already 40 years old) she finally became pregnant. Due to her age and the risks involved, her gynecologist suggested she take a prenatal test. The result of the test sounded like a prison sentence — the child will be born with physical and mental disabilities, including a serious case of Down syndrome. The second and third rounds of tests confirmed the intitial findings. There was no doubt that the child will be born disabled, and severely so.

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