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

The former model said now she would never abort a disabled child and would also consider adopting a child with disabilities

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Katie Price has responded to criticism for saying she would have considered aborting her son Harvey if she had been aware of his disabilities. 

The model and businesswoman said she was "very upset" after comments she made while appearing on Loose Women on Tuesday were "taken out of context" and drew angry responses. 

Price talked about being a mother to Harvey, 13, who was born with the rare genetic condition Prader-Willi syndrome. He was also diagnosed with autism, ADHD and blindness.

The 37-year-old said that if she had known about her son’s disabilities while pregnant aged 24 she may have considered having an abortion over fears of not being able to cope. However, she stressed that after having Harvey, she would never have an abortion if she fell pregnant again and was told her child was disabled. Price also said she would also 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.”

Price was praised by many on social media for her honesty. However she later told her two million followers she was “upset” to see her quotes being taken out of context. 

Discussing raising a child with disabilities with the rest of the Loose Women panel, Price also said: “I absolutely love Harvey so much, I would never change anything about him. 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.”