A mom who was continually offered an abortion after doctors insisted that her baby was suffering from medical problems has given birth to a healthy baby boy.
Lauren Webster, from Scotland, was informed at her 13-week scan that her baby may be suffering from a “bladder obstruction” and could possibly be suffering from Edwards’ syndrome.
Unsure about what the diagnosis entailed, the young mother said she was disturbed to be offered an abortion “every week,” by her physicians.
Despite the doctors assuring her that Edwards Syndrome would mean her child would be born severely disabled, Webster told The Scotsman that she had “a gut feeling” her little on would survive, and decided to press ahead with the pregnancy.
Still, her doctors persisted.
“She [the doctor] asked me if I wanted to terminate, saying there was a low chance he would survive,” Webster recalled. “Every week she was asking me if I wanted to terminate. She said she had to ask me.”
Eventually, the 21-year-old had to be very firm with her doctor: “I said to her ‘don’t ask me that again because I’m keeping it,'” she recalled.
Incredibly, Webster’s baby boy, Ollie, was born completely healthy.
His bladder obstruction had sorted itself out, and the Edwards’ syndrome was ruled out at a subsequent scan.
Now, Lauren is warning other mothers against being falsely advised to terminate their unborn babies.
“Everything they told me turned out not to have happened”, she said, “you don’t know what’s going to happen.”
Now, in light of this miraculous birth, her message to expectant mothers is simple: never, ever give up on your child.
“I just think everyone should read my story and never give up hope,” she said.
Unfortunately, stories of medical professionals pressuring expectant moms to abort their babies are becoming increasingly commonplace, according to a British group called the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).”
“The stories now surfacing of these young women who have been pressured to abort their children, show not only an entire lack of compassion and care from medical staff, but also just how seriously mistaken medical staff can be,” said SPUC’s Michael Robinson.
Sordid financial incentives
To make matters worse, a 2016 Care Quality Commission (CQC) report reported instances of high-pressure sales practices from staff working for one of the UK’s largest abortion chains, Marie Stopes.
According to the report, Marie Stopes employees were applying pressure on mothers to abort their babies due to their being a financial “bonus” incentives for those able to convince women to undergo abortion procedures.
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“One section of the report revealed that clinic staff were being paid financial bonuses for encouraging women to undergo abortions. After the damning report was released, one woman came forward claiming that her experience with the abortion chain was in line with the report’s findings. She said: “I saw several nurses and explained my situation. I felt like they wanted me to have an abortion. The place was chock-a block with people. It was like a conveyer belt. When I told them I didn’t want the abortion they accused me of wasting their time. I was ushered out of the door half-dressed and in tears.”
“The scandalous reality behind the veneer of choice, is that pregnant women are increasingly exploited and pressured into abortion,” Robinson added. “Recent research by the UK charity, Abortion Recovery Care and Helpline (ARCH) has found that 75% of female clients state that they had an abortion because they had felt pressure from a loved one. Whilst pressure and coercion can come from a variety of sources, intimate partners are the main culprit.”
Praise God that Lauren chose life for her little Ollie!