Abortion comments on Netflix ‘Love is Blind’ show anger of parents of children with Down syndrome and other disabilities

A controversial comment about abortion on a popular Netflix dating show is drawing backlash from families who have children with disabilities, including Down syndrome.

On the show “Love is Blind”, two people talk about having children and what they would do if they found out that an unborn child had a disability.

During a season three episode, couple Nancy Rodriguez and Bartise Bowden discuss having children when Rodriguez says she would probably have an abortion in that situation.

“For me, if I knew I could try again and hope the second time is better than I would go this route.”

Rodriguez is a speech therapist who works with children with Down syndrome. She says that in her experience, children have difficult medical conditions and she sees families breaking apart under the pressure of caring for a disabled child.

But the comment does not sit well with many families who lovingly care for children with disabilities.

Misty Coy Snyder recalls learning when she was 14 weeks pregnant that her second child would be born with Down syndrome.

“I was terrified and devastated and thought it was the end,” she recalls.

But her fears evaporated shortly after the birth of her son Jed.

“I thought what was I so scared of? It’s a baby, a beautiful baby that I wanted, and I was excited – and let a diagnosis cloud it all.”

Snyder has worked to change the narrative surrounding Down syndrome and disabilities through his Happiness Is Down Syndrome Instagram account which focuses on children and their families.

Orange County resident Amy Calacci also shares the journey of her six-year-old daughter, Emmy, in hopes of dispelling misconceptions about raising a child with special needs.

“It’s a normal life, with a few more doctor’s appointments.”

Both women were horrified by the comments on “Love is Blind.” In fact, thousands of families have spoken out against the episode.

Calacci worries that the negative message is the only point of view fans of the series will see.

“All of the descriptions she gave there weren’t accurate for my life, and they weren’t accurate for the majority of people I know.”

Snyder wrote a letter to Netflix and its show creator asking for an apology and more disability-inclusive shows.

“I think Netflix and the show itself, ‘Love is Blind,’ has more of a responsibility to try to make amends with us because they were the ones who had editing powers and the ability to say that this isn’t is not what we offer.”

Snyder had no response.

Eyewitness News has also contacted Netflix for comment but has not received a response.

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