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Eleven-time Paralympic gold-medalist reveals she was pressured to abort

by | Jan 10, 2020

By Dave Andrusko

Thanks go out to the Christian Institute and the Daily Mail for powerful stories about a British paralympic legend who stared down all those who advised her to abort when she became pregnant in 2001.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson, who has spina bifida, appeared on the BBC’s “Stumps, Wheels and Wobblies” program where she said, “My daughter is 17 now, which is slightly scary, but when I was pregnant I lost count of the number of people who asked me how I got pregnant.”

She also revealed, The Daily Mail reported, that

“she was treated with shock and horror when she became pregnant in 2001, before welcoming her daughter Carys, 17. … ‘The first thing I was offered at my first scan was a termination because people were like: ‘You should not have children.’”

Grey-Thompson, now 50, went on to say, “We had a discussion about ‘was I trying for a baby?’… and the individual had some quite complicated views on disability,” the Christian Institute reported.

The eleven-time Paralympic gold-medalist said the medic was concerned that people with disabilities might “breed” and “spread.”

During the interview, actress and podcast co-host Ruth Madeley talked about making a documentary about spina bifida. Many women told her that they were advised to have an abortion when their unborn child was diagnosed with the condition.

Madeley added

that times have changed little since Baroness Grey-Thompson’s experience in 2001.

“The abortion rate is still 80 per cent. A lot of that is coming from a medical professional advising it.”

Grey-Thompson shared an experience she’d had when she was 37-weeks-pregnant. A stranger, a woman, stopped her in the street, “poked me and said: ‘How did you get pregnant?'”

‘I remember screaming at her in the street: “I had sex with my husband. How do you think I got pregnant?”‘

‘She was like: “Oh well, that’s disgusting.”

And I said: “I think he’s quite good looking, actually.”