This is Horrible! But sadly not as uncommon as one would think. But it does not get talked about it because people would rather be blind and live in their little perfect world.
I have a friend who has found out that she is carrying a severely handicapped, child. Before my health got bad, I worked with handicapped children and I saw how it can either bring a family closer or tear them apart. If you can't physically or financially take care of the child, it becomes very hard. And what happens if the parents die? Then the child, if it doesn't have relatives able to take care of it, ends up in the state system. Which is already over burdened. Many states do not even have programs to help people with special needs children.
My friend will have to make a very difficult decision soon. What ever she decides I hope it will be her choice and not a government mandate. Whatever her choice I hope that if she chooses to end the pregnancy, that she can do so safely and with out added shame and guilt from our legal system. This is not a choice one makes lightly. It is a choice that should be left up to the mother, with help from her husband and full cooperation of her Doctor. The government has no place in this decision.