A Florida doctor recommended his pregnant patient have an abortion upon discovering that her baby had Down syndrome.
The mother refused, and she has sent the insensitive doctor a powerful letter explaining why he was wrong.
According to Today Parents, Courtney and Matt Baker were originally told during their Down syndrome screening that their unborn daughter was in the clear, but later, their doctor learned that they had made a mistake.
He advised the parents to see a specialist to discuss “their options.”
Despite being "destroyed and completely blindsided” by the news, the Bakers had no intention of terminating the pregnancy.
"I told him our only option was to bring our baby girl into this world," Courtney said.
She began a search to find a new doctor which proved to be difficult because she was considered “high-risk.” When she finally decided to visit a maternal-fetal medicine specialist, she said, “he suggested we abort due to how low our quality of life would be, and [hers] as well."
Still, the Bakers did not succumb to the doctor's recommendation and they are now the proud parents of 15-month-old Emersyn.
Recently, Courtney penned an open letter to the doctor who tried to convince her to have an abortion and posted it on Facebook. The letter has since gone viral, garnering hundreds of shares.
"I knew the doctor needed to know how wrong he was," Courtney said. "Once she was born, she just proved it. I think it took so long because we were in such baby bliss. This has been the happiest year of our lives, truly. I feel so at peace and so blessed."
Courtney expressed that the doctor should have been encouraging instead of pressuring her to end her child’s life. She scolds the doctor in the letter for not telling her “the truth,” which is that her child was “perfect.”
“I came to you at the most difficult time in my life. I was terrified, anxious, and in complete despair. I didn’t know the truth yet about my baby, and that’s what I desperately needed from you. But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we abort our child,” she wrote.
She said that rather than diminish their family’s quality of life, Emersyn has added to it and “touched the hearts of thousands.”
“She’s opened our eyes to true beauty and pure love,” she continued.
The letter is simply beautiful and eloquently written. Courtney didn’t bash the doctor or berate him with insults for being so insensitive, instead, she offered a prayer that he “will now see true beauty and pure love with every life displayed on every sonogram.”
The Bakers' story is beyond touching, and hopefully this doctor— whoever he is — realizes where he went wrong.
Banner Photo Credit: Facebook, Courtney Williams Baker