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Why I Kept My Baby After Finding Out He had Down Syndrome

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Why I Kept My Baby After Finding Out He had Down Syndrome

"I found, to my great surprise, that society still kept asking that question: Why did you have this baby? I have had people react with marked surprise when they hear that I knew Petey would have Down syndrome before he was born. Though they do not ask aloud, you can see the question in their eyes: ‘If you knew, why did you have the baby?’ What’s buried in that question, what’s buried deep in their eyes as they ask it, is the perception of my son as ‘a choice’ – specifically, my choice – rather than as a unique human being, rather than as a fully-fledged member of the human race."

Elizabeth Schiltz, Associate Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas School of Law in Minneapolis, shares her beautiful testimony in this article.


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