‘We Can’t Kill This Baby’: Couple Walks Out of Abortion Facility, Saves Life of Down Syndrome Son

Xavier-compressedSYDNEY — An Australian couple whose son was diagnosed with Down syndrome is expressing their relief that they walked out of an abortion facility instead of ending the life of their unborn child.

“I’d made an appointment to have a termination, and we were sitting there, but then my husband dragged me outside,” Claire Martin recalled to the Daily Mail this week. “He said, ‘What are we doing? Lets go home. We can’t kill this baby.'”

“I was relieved,” she said. “I needed someone to say they were on my side.”

Martin and her husband Benjamin had been told during a 15-week ultrasound that their son had Down syndrome. They were advised to abort, and were also influenced by friends and family members who told them that they were “sorry” about the situation.

“I even had one person say to me, ‘If this was a dog, what would you do?'” Martin stated.

Therefore, in being counseled to abort, Martin scheduled an appointment to end her son’s life. But she didn’t really want to do it, and was glad that her husband pulled her out.

When her son, who she named Xavier, was born this past April, she knew that she had done what was right.

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“I just remember feeling nothing but love,” Martin said. “It was almost like everything that we’d been through over the past nine months didn’t matter because we had a perfect little baby.”

And while some passersby have made snide comments about Xavier, Martin is thankful that she did not obtain an abortion.

“I have no regrets at all. I have no idea what I was so scared of, but I was absolutely terrified and I did not know what to expect,” she told the Daily Mail. “I’m going to love him no matter what. I’m completely over the moon to be his mum.”

As previously reported, earlier this month, a mother in Florida shared a letter that she wrote to her doctor, who had advised her to abort her Down syndrome daughter.

“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,” Courtney Williams Baker wrote. “But instead of support and encouragement, you suggested we abort our child. … I told you her name and you asked us again if we understood how low our quality of life would be with a child with Down syndrome.”

“I’m sad that the tiny beating hearts you see every day don’t fill you with a perpetual awe. I’m sad that the intricate details and the miracle of those sweet little fingers and toes, lungs and eyes and ears, don’t always give you pause,” she wrote. “[M]y prayer is that no other mommy will ever have to go through what I did. My prayer is that you, too, will now see true beauty and pure love with every life displayed on every sonogram.”


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  • Mellow Fellow

    How is this newsworthy?

  • Grace Kim Kwon

    Thank God for the gift of every life.

    • LadyInChrist♥BlessedBeTheLord

      Amen.

  • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

    It’s good to turn around at the gates of hell, but better to avoid the prenatal screening tests that direct you to those gates of hell. Doctors should be sued for recommending these deadly tests – maybe that is possible down under?

    • Becky

      I agree. I have a few friends that have bypassed those tests (they’re using US midwives), because they know that they will have their babies. There’s no discussion about it really.

      • Mellow Fellow

        Not getting tested is a great way to ensure any other children a woman has become motherless.

        • Becky

          Rubbish.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Are you really unaware that a thousand women needlessly die every day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications?

          • Becky

            Not due to lack of testing.

          • Mellow Fellow

            You think medical testing doesn’t save lives? Never heard that one before. Are you another proponent of phrenology and bloodletting?

          • Becky

            We’re talking about prenatal screening tests here. It’s quite controversial really. Pregnant women are not required to take these tests, btw. Your comment about “a thousand women needlessly die every day from pregnancy or childbirth-related complications” hasn’t much to do with the lack of prenatal screening tests. Martin Smit hit it on the head…these tests can drive a pregnant woman to kill her unborn baby based on the results of these types of tests that aren’t 100% accurate at all.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Why are you are denying the fact that those tests save lives? Is the truth really so antithetical to your world view that you have to resort to the sin of lying? My twin died in the womb, instead of relying on modern medicine, you would prefer my mother also died and took me with her. I have seen the face of evil and it’s wrapped in the shroud of sin.

          • Becky

            Present these facts you’re talking about. Go.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Places without pre-natal testing have a much higher maternal death rate, fact. My twin died in the womb, these tests could have saved his life, fact.

          • Becky

            Still waitin’ for facts…actual evidence…to support your claim.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Lying for Jesus, the loud christian’s favorite pastime. Rhesus disease used to kill tens of thousands of babies per year, testing has helped save about 2-2.5 million people from this disease alone. People like you who want to stop testing are a blight on humanity.

    • Mellow Fellow

      Pure insanity. What about cases like mine where the fetus had a fatal defect?

      • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

        We all have a fatal defect.

        • Mellow Fellow

          Therefore we should introduce unneeded suffering?

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            Put that fruit back on the tree, Adam.

          • Mellow Fellow

            That doesn’t address my comment in the slightest and only reaffirms my initial assessment of insanity. My twin died in the womb right next to me, yet you want to sue people the very people who saved the lives of my mother and myself. Might as well revert back to phrenology and bloodletting since we’re dismissing modern medicine and wanting to go back to the Dark Ages.

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            A touching fabrication that fails to support the murder of innocents.

          • Mellow Fellow

            Nope, every word is the truth and I am filled with compassion, something you clearly know nothing about. I also took a friend who is literally missing part of her skull due to a brain tumor to get an abortion as the pregnancy would have killed her. The real world isn’t black and white.

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            Your new touching story is fascinating: your friend killed her child because of the hole in her head. You helped. The supposed shades of gray are composed of black and white that you are not accurately discerning.

          • Mellow Fellow

            A bioplast is not a child and equating the two is disingenuous and dishonest. The only child involved here is the one I made sure didn’t become motherless. You would rather let her die over a bunch of cells that literally has no thought and feeling.

            The bible condones abortion, slavery and genocide commanded by god. If the world is black and white, then the abrahamic god described in the bible is black as night.

          • http://www.bing.com/ Martin Smit

            You said you walked the woman down the aisle of death. You whitewash the bloodshed on your own hands and go on to condemn God as evil.

          • Mellow Fellow

            No, I helped her avoid an unwarranted death, while you would prefer women die. A thousand women needlessly die every day due to complications with childbirth, adding to that number is pure insanity.

        • Becky

          We all have a fatal defect, indeed. It’s great that Adam and Eve didn’t say, “Lets not have kids…’cause, due to our sins, there’ll be unneeded suffering.”. Or, or…”Lets abort this baby…’cause he’ll go through unneeded suffering”.