As was the practice in that hospital, the woman was invited to a multidisciplinary conference attended by the family, a perinatologist, pediatric surgeon, neonatologist, social worker, and genetic counselor. The purpose of the conference was to explain the defect to them and tell them their options: continue the pregnancy and keep the baby; abort the fetus; or continue the pregnancy and give the baby up for adoption at birth. The family decided that they didn't want to take a chance of having a problem child and chose to abort the fetus.
I attended many conferences like this. As physicians we were to be non-judgemental and not tip off the family to our own preferences in the case. Personally, I didn't really like seeing this fetus aborted when I had seen many kids with gastroschisis repaired and live a fine life, but hey, it was the family's decision, and it was legal.
The case headed towards a scheduled abortion but hit an unusual snag. The family was from the Middle East. It was no secret that they valued a male child more than a female. In fact, they led us to believe that if this were a male fetus they would have continued the pregnancy and kept the child. This was too much for one of the perinatologists, who - although she was generally in favor of families being able to abort any fetus they wanted to - tried to stop the abortion on the grounds that it was gender discrimination.
Casea like this were often somewhat discomfitting for me. It wasn't that unusual for a family to decide to terminate a wanted pregnancy because they couldn't be sure the baby would be perfect. Kids with mild spina bifida, mild enough that they could walk, would be aborted. Kids with repairable defects would be aborted. As a pediatrician and neonatologist, I spend a not insignificant portion of my time taking care of babies with defects. It was a little weird seeing them just terminated. Obviously, one's thoughts in these cases are colored by one's thoughts about abortion in general, but that's a topic for another day.
The perinatologist was unsuccessful in blocking the abortion. Hey, it was the family's decision, and it was legal.