A mother has written an emotional and powerful message on behalf of her daughter who has Down Syndrome to Shortland Street after their “insensitive and ignorant” storyline about being born with Down Syndrome.

In episodes of Shortland Street this week the character of Zoe has been struggling with the news that she’s possibly pregnant with a child who has Down syndrome.

Doctor Chris Warner, the father of the child, suggested Zoe have an abortion as the child will suffer and have medical issues.

Kim Porthouse, spokesperson for The New Zealand Down Syndrome Association, said the group is “appalled by the insensitive and ignorant storylines” portrayed on Shortland Street.

Porthouse said the storyline “reinforces a lot of the prejudice that having a child with Down syndrome is a burden”.

She said the organisation has received calls from a number of families and people with Down syndrome who have been upset by the episodes.

Source: NZ Herald

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