First interview

My first interviewee is Lesley Low from Boston, Lincolnshire. She was incredibly friendly and passionate and had some very strong opinions. She was also really easy to talk to so the interview went very well. I would ask one question and then she would talk for 10 minutes straight. She had some very interesting stories about raising her daughter Kiaya, who unfortunatelly I didn’t get the chance to meet. What intrigued me the most though was the part where she was saying she knew she was carrying a child with Down’s, yet she decided to keep it, having in mind most women choose to have an abortion. So I decided to concentrate on this for my piece: To keep it or not? and what goes on in a mother’s head when she has to make such a decision. Therefore, the focus of my documentary is on the mother and on her reasons for choosing whether to keep her child with Down’s or not. Lesley shared what’s the one thing she’s feeling sorry that Kiaya will never have, which you can hear bellow.

Thank you Lesley Low for being an amazing interviewee!

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When listening back to the whole interview at home I decided to do a research on the screening tests women go through when pregnant and the percentage of women that choose to have an abortion based on a diagnosis for Down’s syndrome and it’s quite high in the UK. I found out two really interesting facts about Iceland and the USA. According to recent news, thanks to the same screening tests, Iceland is now close to becoming the first country where no Down’s syndrome children are born with only 1 or 2 children born each year, often as a result of an inaccurate test. In the USA, however, Ohio is now the third state after North Dakota and Indiana to ban doctors from performing abortions based on Down’s syndrome diagnosis, making it a crime for a doctor to terminate a pregnancy based on knowledge of Down’s syndrome. This revelation made the topic even more interesting to me. I thought I definitely needed another interviewee (possibly a woman who went through abortion after positive test results). I was considering contacting a doctor performing those tests as well, but no one seemed to want to speak to me about this. After my second interview, though, I had all I needed. You can read about it in the next post.

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