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Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson recalls discrimination she faced during pregnancy

Paralympic champion Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson has recalled the moment she was offered a termination by a medical professional and was asked how she got pregnant.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson won a total of 16 Paralympic medals between 1992 and 2002. Credit: PA

The 50-year-old was born with spina bifida, which is when a baby's spine and spinal cord don't develop properly in the womb, causing a gap in the spine.

Grey-Thompson became pregnant with her daughter Carys in 2001.

Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson with her daughter Carys in 2004. Credit: PA

She told BBC podcast 'Stumps, Wheels and Wobblies' that she was 37 weeks pregnant when a woman approached her on a Cardiff street and said: 'How did you get pregnant?'".

"I remember screaming at her in the street: 'I had sex. How do you think I got pregnant?'

"She was like: 'Oh, that's disgusting.' And I said: 'I think he's quite good looking, actually.'"

Grey-Thompson was born in Cardiff and won nine Paralympic Gold medals

I lost count of the number of people who asked me how I got pregnant.

The first thing I was offered at my first scan was a termination because people were like: 'You should not have children.'

We had a discussion [with the medical staff] about if I was trying for babies and that individual had some quite complicated views on disability - [an attitude of] we might breed.

I had to answer lots of questions about what you do if it's disabled.

I said I would make sure they have a really cool chair, not like the horrible chair I had until I was 15!

– Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson