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College professor aborts baby with Down syndrome– wanted a “smart child”

by | Oct 1, 2020

By Sarah Terzo

A female college professor decided to have an abortion when her baby tested positive for Down syndrome.

“I’m not proud of this, but to be honest, I don’t want to cope with a mentally retarded child. My mother did volunteer work in the schools, with MR kids. She’s deeply against abortion. But she’s not against abortion for this. I guess some of her attitudes must’ve rubbed off on me. The thing that entrances me is having a smart child.”

Rayna Rapp, “Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: the Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America” (New York: Routledge, 1999) p. 225.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission.

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