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Wondering Whether to Abort a Child Diagnosed With a Disabling Medical Problem

Should I have an abortion if my baby is likely to be born with a serious – potentially disabling – medical condition? My doctor has assured me that this is the case, and I'm at a loss to know what to do. I'm devastated and overwhelmed.

Our hearts go out to you. There are no easy answers to the agonizing questions you’re facing as a result of this diagnosis. But just because immediate termination of a pregnancy is the solution most often recommended to women in your situation doesn’t mean you don’t have other options. There are other choices!

Don’t panic

The question you face involves two precious human lives: your baby’s and your own. There’s too much at stake to jump to hasty conclusions. Slow down and take a deep breath. Remind yourself that you have the time needed to consider your options and do what needs to be done.

Get a second opinion, preferably from a physician with strong pro-life convictions

Take a family member or a close friend with you. Ask hard questions, and don’t be intimidated by the doctor’s status as a medical professional. Get answers to the questions that you want resolved. Remember, this is about your baby’s life and your own peace of mind.

Call us

Don’t hesitate to call Focus on the Family’s Counseling department if you’d like to discuss your situation at greater length with a member of our staff. They’d be glad to come alongside you in any way they can.

Most importantly, remember that God loves you with an incomprehensible love – and He cares deeply about the life of your child.


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Experiencing God’s Grace in a Pro-Life Decision

Pro-Life Advocacy & Encouragement (resource list)

Need Project, Inc.

Christian Homes and Special Kids (CHASK)

American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Christian Medical & Dental Associations

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