New Era Down’s is discovering the reasons behind a mother’s decision ”to keep the baby or not” knowing her child is diagnosed with Down’s syndrome. This documentary tells the stories of 2 mothers who had to face this decision and dives deeply into subject, explaining their feelings and motives.
NEW ERA DOWN’S SCRIPT PRODUCER: ALEKSANDRA DOYCHINOVA
DURATION: 7:00 MIN
CLIP 1: SOUNDBITES A&L
IN: My name is Amy Brown…
OUT: … that I would wake up from this nightmare
CLIP 2: PRESENTER
Approximately one in every one thousand babies in the UK is born w ith Down’s syndrome. Currently 90% of women in the UK, who know their child will be born with this condition decide to terminate the pregnancy. The number of abortions for Down’s syndrome is on the rise, and there are concerns that a new, highly accurate diagnostic test may lead to even more terminations. The Non – Invasive Prenatal Testing is now being used privately to identify babies with Down’s and the Government has confirmed it will be made available on the NHS from this year. Down’s syndrome advocacy groups claim this could make abortions even more likely. …. To keep it or not? This documentary tells the stories of 2 mothers, whose children were born with Down’s syndrome, and the choices they made. Here’s how Lesley Low from Boston, Lincolnshire found out her daughter had Down’s.
CLIP 3: LESLEY LOW
IN: I knew it before she was born…
OUT: … whether she lived or died
CLIP 4: PRESENTER
Lesley said the reason why she took this decision was because Down’s syndrome is just a fraction of one’s self and does not define who he or she is. She added that with or without Down’s Kiaya was still her own flesh and blood.
CLIP 5: LESLEY LOW
IN: Annoys me when…
OUT: … very high percentage
CLIP 6: PRESENTER
Having an abortion is a very personal decision and every woman has the right to choose for herself. Lesley said she knows many people view abortion as preventing the child and the family from suffering but admitted she was a proud mom to a happy daughter and that’s all she ever needed.
CLIP 7: LESLEY LOW
IN: Obviously it’s up to…
OUT: … daughter with Down’s syndrome
CLIP 8: PRESENTER
It is difficult enough for a woman to decide whether to keep the baby or not when she knows her child has Down’s while she’s still pregnant. But for Amy Brown from Salisbury it was an even greater shock as she had no idea she was carrying a child with this condition.
CLIP 9: AMY BROWN
IN: I just remember thinking…
OUT: … what was coming
CLIP 10: PRESENTER
Before Amy knew it Kirsty was there. She said that the moment she saw her daughter she knew there was something wrong.
CLIP 11: AMY BROWN
IN: I remember the look…
OUT: …my heart was tearing apart
CLIP 12: PRESENTER:
Amy and her husband even considered giving the baby up for adoption. They thought they wouldn’t be the best parents for Kirsty.
CLIP 13: AMY BROWN
IN: To be honest…
OUT: …just like any other child
CLIP 14: PRESENTER
Amy added that because of the stigma around Down’s she was terrified that her daughter would automatically be given a label. She believes the problem is people don’t know enough about Down’s syndrome.
CLIP 15: AMY BROWN
IN: People need to be informed…
OUT: …they are all blessings