‘Doctors told me to abort my child 10 times, but I’m so glad I refused’

A mother has shared how she refused to have an abortion even though doctors offered it ten times after diagnosing her baby with a disability. Natalie Halson explained that doctors persistently pressured her to have an abortion because of baby Mirabelle’s diagnosis of spina bifida – a condition where the spine does not develop properly. Spina bifida affects the nervous system and can cause paralysis, but surgery can significantly allieviate the various effects, including with in-womb surgery. Natalie was told over the phone that her baby had the condition. She said doctors “made out like an abortion was my only option and explained that if I went ahead with the pregnancy my baby would be wheelchair bound and have no quality of life. “When I got off the phone I went and did tonnes of research and found out that there were options for my little girl – I felt suddenly really angry that they’d made out I had none.”