Monday 18 December 2017

Katie Price upset comments 'taken out of context' after saying she 'probably would have aborted' disabled son Harvey

Katie Price discusses son Harvey on Loose Women
Katie Price discusses son Harvey on Loose Women
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

Katie Price has said she was "very upset" after comments she made about her disabled son on Loose Women were "taken out of context".

Katie (37) appeared on the panel of Tuesday's show and said she would have considered aborting her son Harvey if she had been aware of his disabilities when she was pregnant at the age of 24.

Harvey (13) was born with a rare genetic condition called Prader-Willi syndrome and was also diagnosed with autism, ADHD, and blindness.

She said that she may have considered an abortion because she would have feared being unable to cope.

However, she added that she would never have an abortion now if she was pregnant and again and told her child was disabled.  She also said she would consider adopting a child with disabilities.

“I was young when I had Harvey and I admit it, if I’d have known he was blind before I had him, as harsh as it sounds, I probably would have aborted him because to me it was like ‘oh my god he’s blind how would I cope?’,” she said.

“But now, no way. If I got pregnant again and they said they had disabilities I’d definitely keep it, I’d even adopt a child with disabilities. Until you’re in that situation you don’t know.”

While the former glamour model was praised by her honesty she also faced backlash for her comments from disability groups and members of the public on social media.

She told her 2m Twitter followers on Tuesday night that she was "upset" her quotes had been "taken out of context".

“I absolutely love Harvey so much, I would never change anything about him," she told the Loose Woman panel.

"Yes it’s challenging, but it’s also rewarding. He’s a great character, I love him and I don’t think anybody should be ashamed at all if they’ve got a child with disabilities.”

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