Writing in the [UK] Guardian, Carol Boys says she supports a woman’s right to choose whether to have a child with a disability, but cherishes her own son with Down syndrome. An excerpt:
Some might say that because I didn’t have a choice when my son Alex was born 25 years ago, I don’t know what it’s like to have to think about termination as an option. Quite frankly, I’m glad that I didn’t have to think about it, because it made it so much easier for me just to accept my son for what he is â€“ a fantastic human being.
… let’s try to be a bit more positive about people with Down’s syndrome. After all, most of them can read and understand what is being written and said about them.
Carol Boys is chief executive of the UK’s Down Syndrome Association.
See also: Women ‘catapulted into the turmoil’ of Down syndrome screening — BBC audio. Boys says women should know more about the system for diagnosing the condition before they are tested.
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