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Even before my baby’s spina bifida was confirmed there was pressure for me to have an abortion

Spina bifida: that’s what the midwife told me the bump could be on the baby on the ultrasound screen. It was the first time I’d seen my daughter.

It could affect her mobility and independence on a huge spectrum, anywhere from hardly being able to notice it, to her not having any independence at all, and we had a decision to make.

A decision to what? My head was spinning as the medical staff introduced the idea of terminating the pregnancy. They said we could change our minds up to birth because the current gestational age limit to terminate a pregnancy that shows any sign of foetal anomaly is full term. For pregnancies without this anomaly, the limit is 24 weeks.

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