Samantha Brick: Journalist admits she would seriously consider aborting an IVF baby if it had Down"s Syndrome

Samantha Brick admits that she would seriously consider aborting an IVF baby if she discovered that it had Down's Syndrome

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19:00 GMT, 25 July 2012

41-year-old Samantha Brick is desperate for a child.

Having tried to conceive naturally without success for four years her and her husband embarked on their first round of IVF treatment earlier this year.

The gruelling process has a very small chance of working for women over the age of 40.

Yet today the journalist told This
Morning that if she does manage to conceive and then learns that the
baby has Down's Syndrome she would seriously consider aborting it.

Scroll down to see Samantha debate the issue with presenter Claire Nasir
Debate: Samantha Brick appears onThis Morning to talk about why she would consider aborting an IVF baby if it had Down's Syndrome

Debate: Samantha Brick appears onThis Morning to talk about why she would consider aborting an IVF baby if it had Down's Syndrome

Last week the Daily Mail reported how dozens of IVF babies are being aborted because they have Down's Syndrome.

Despite spending thousands of pounds on trying to conceive many women are deciding to abort babies after learning that they will be born with the genetic condition, leading some anti-abortion campaigners to claim that they are treating babies like designer goods.

Is it right to choose the option of a termination after under-going such an emotional and physical treatment

Samantha believes that it is totally justifiable.

She said:
'My husband and I have been trying for a baby for four years. It is not
easy, all around me friends are conceiving and building up their
families.

'Every month you hope for the miracle baby, and when that doesn't happen you just keep going and keep going.

'My first attempt at IVF failed and my
husband I have discussed in depth and at length whether we could keep a
baby diagnosed with Down's Syndrome.

'I live in France,I know that people
there don't have the same support, I would have to send my baby to a
centre on Monday morning and then welcome them back on Friday night.

'I already have a large family including ageing in laws with their own problems and so it's not just
myself that I have to think about it is everyone else in the family and
what the impact would be on them.'

Shock: Claire Nasir was told there was a 1 in 20 chance that her IVF baby would have Down's Syndrome but admits she went in to having IVF and getting pregnant with her eyes open to any consequences

Shock: Claire Nasir was told there was a 1 in 20 chance that her IVF baby would have Down's Syndrome but admits she went in to having IVF and getting pregnant with her eyes open to any consequences

Samantha also raised the issue of being an older parent to a Down's Syndrome child.

She says: 'I'm 41 now. What will happen to that child with Down's Syndrome if anything happens to me

'I'm not just having a glass of wine and deciding to terminate a baby.

It's a huge decision and one I wouldn't take lightly at all.

'I actually think it would be selfish to HAVE that baby because of the impact on the local health services, the cost of raising that child and the support it would need.'

Also on the sofa was weather girl
Claire Nasir, 42, who was told after conceiving through IVF that the
chance of her having a Down's Syndrome baby was 1 in 20, but decided to
go ahead with her pregnancy and has since given birth to a healthy baby without the condition.

Claire said: 'When the doctors told us that there was a very high risk of Down's Syndrome I was absolutely shocked.

'My reality changed, I went from the joy of being pregnant after so many
years to having to have a very tricky conversation with my husband about what we
should do.

'But I had produced this beautiful little feotus and was going to love the baby whatever.

'I went in to having IVF and getting pregnant with my eyes open to any consequences I would have to face.

'I'm just lucky to have a miracle in the first place.'

Research: Journalist Samantha says that 50-70 per cent of couples who have a child with a disability end up spitting up and she doesn't want to end up as one of those statistics

Research: Journalist Samantha says that 50-70 per cent of couples who have a child with a disability end up spitting up and she doesn't want to end up as one of those statistics

As a journalist, Samantha has spent
four years researching the risks while she has been trying to get
pregnant as an older mother, she says: '50-70 per cent of couples who have a child with a
disability end up spitting up.

'I want to have a child with my husband because I love him, I'm really happily married and I can't forget him as a factor

'I would love to have a child but he has a right in this argument too.

'I would hate to end up as that statistic.'

Talking exclusively to the MailOnline after the interview Samantha said: 'I absolutely stand by my comments and the position I took today. Far from being selfish, I believe I'm being selfless in putting the needs and wishes of those around me above my desire to be a mum.

'Its important to honestly debate such a difficult issues especial as 9 in 10 women will terminate such a pregnancy.

'My family and I have between us worked with hundreds of people with Downs Syndrome. Let's stop 'Disneyfying' this genetic condition and ensure families, and potential parents, can debate and discuss and have the full unbiased facts of exactly what they're getting into.'

Video: Samantha and Claire debate the issue on This Morning. Watch the full interview here.

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