A Florida mother has sent a letter to a doctor who advised her to have an abortion when she was pregnant with her daughter.
Courtney Baker went on to give birth to Emersyn, who had been diagnosed with Down syndrome while in the womb, according to ABC News.
“I knew how important it was going to be to write that letter before Emmy was even born,” Baker told ABC.
She added that she spent a year deciding to write it before she put it in the mail last month.
“Every action from opening and closing the mailbox to raising the red flag was closure for me,” she added.
She also posted her letter online and it was shared thousands of times. The letter begins:
“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’,” Baker wrote in the letter.
Baker went on to say she was not angry, but sad that her doctor did not behave like this.
“I’m sad the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears don’t always give you pause. I’m sad you were so very wrong to say a baby with Down syndrome would decrease our quality of life. And I’m heartbroken you might have said that to a mommy even today,” she wrote.
Baker also wrote that Emersyn, now 15 months, had improved the family’s quality of life.
“Emmy is proof that children with special needs are worthy and can change the world. She’s doing it right now,” she told ABC.
While Baker feels her doctor should not have pressed the issue, others in the U.S. are increasingly concerned about the lack of availability of abortions for women who do not want to be pregnant. According to the Guardian, 38 states have passed more than 300 new restrictions on abortion since 2010.
A report in November 2015 alleged that in Texas, anywhere from 100,000 to 240,000 women of child-bearing age had attempted to bring about an abortion themselves.