Mum refuses £2,000 offer to abort baby with Down’s

A mother who was offered £2,000 to abort her baby because he could have Down’s syndrome has spoken of her love for her son.

The money, which was rejected by mum Lisa Mackin, was offered by the child’s father when he discovered that the child could have the condition.

The 28-year-old mum, whose son is now two, said: “I love my baby and the thought that someone could put a price on his head was just disgusting.


“There is no amount of money in the world anyone could give me. I’ve lost a baby before, so I know how awful it feels.

“I said, ‘I’m not going to abort my baby and take two grand off you — it’s not going to happen’.”

She added: “The Down’s syndrome has made no difference. It’s incredible to see him get to the milestones in his life.”


The boy’s father, who has never seen his son Tommy, insists the money was not a bribe.

He said: “I didn’t think I’d be able to cope. We were discussing abortion and I said, ‘I’ll give you £2,000. You can take the girls on holiday, it’ll help you get over it’.

“It was never meant to be, ‘I’ll give you two grand to kill that baby’. I feel really bad.”


Last year another mum, Victoria Webster, who was advised to abort her baby after being diagnosed with leukeamia said that continuing her pregnancy was the “best decision” she had ever made.

Mrs Webster was 21 weeks pregnant when she learned she had cancer of the blood. Doctors told her to have an abortion so she could start chemotherapy.

But she refused to have an abortion and now both she and her baby daughter, Jessica, are doing well.

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