Mother of 4, Rachael Prescott has revealed she was pressured to abort her baby girls SIX TIMES during her pregnancy, simply because the twins had Down syndrome.
Rachael said: ‘At my first prenatal appointment at around eight weeks, six specialists took turns reviewing the scans and presenting the same results. We sat through similar spiels from each, mystified at their concerns over whether our girls may have Down syndrome, when they without a doubt, did have serious heart defects.
Information on navigating their cardiac situation was dwarfed by the push for genetic testing and possible means of abortion.
I wanted to explain how far I was from desiring to end my pregnancy, but at that moment I could only sit in silence.’
Thankfully the birth went smoothly and the family is grateful for their beautiful babies.
‘We were so grateful and relieved. Those surrounding us however, approached the topic of Down syndrome with timidly. It was assumed that we were grieving but we quickly assured them the lack of sadness or grief in our hearts concerning our beautiful, breathing, moving, hearts beating, baby girls, and their extra chromosomes.’
Rachael and Cody now want to be a voice for other children with Down syndrome and their parents as they navigate the road ahead together.
‘We hope in the future, to direct expectant parents away from false preconceptions, and towards what we have found to fill us with so much joy. The crazy love we have for our girls surpasses any emotional strain resulting from their medical needs.
I would still undoubtedly, choose my children just as they are.’