According to Richard Dawkins' 'The God Delusion', no, she did not.
Excerpt from the book:
Peter and Jean Medawar,* in The Life Science, attribute the following version [of the Beethoven Fallacy] to Norman St John Stevas (now Lord St John), a British Member of Parliament and prominent Roman Catholic layman. He, in turn, got it from Maurice Baring (1874-1945), a noted Roman Catholic convert and close associate of those Catholic stalwarts G. K. Chesterton and Hilaire Belloc. He cast it in the form of a hypothetical dialogue between two doctors.
'About the terminating of pregnancy, I want your opinion. The father was syphilitic, the mother tuberculous. Of the four children born, the first was blind, the second died,
the third was deaf and dumb, the fourth was also tuberculous. What would you have done?'
'I would have terminated the pregnancy.'
'Then you would have murdered Beethoven.'
The internet is riddled with so-called pro-life web sites that repeat this ridiculous story, and incidentally change factual premises with wanton abandon. Here's another version.
'If you knew a woman who was pregnant, who had 8 kids already, three of whom were deaf, two who were blind, one mentally retarded (all because she had syphilis), would you recommend that she have an abortion? Then you would have killed Beethoven.'
This rendering of the legend demotes the great composer from fifth to ninth in the birth order, raises the number born deaf to three and the number born blind to two, and gives syphilis to the mother instead of the father. Most of the forty-three websites I found when searching for versions of the story attribute it not to Maurice Baring but to a certain Professor L. R. Agnew at UCLA Medical School, who is said to have put the dilemma to his students and to have told them, 'Congratulations, you have just murdered Beethoven.' We might charitably give L. R. Agnew the benefit of doubting his existence - it is amazing how these urban legends sprout. I cannot discover whether it was Baring who originated the legend, or whether it was invented earlier.
For invented it certainly was. It is completely false. The truth is that Ludwig van Beethoven was neither the ninth child nor the fifth child of his parents. He was the eldest - strictly the number two, but his elder sibling died in infancy, as was common in those days, and was not, so far as is known, blind or deaf or dumb or mentally
retarded. There is no evidence that either of his parents had syphilis, although it is true that his mother eventually died of tuberculosis. There was a lot of it about at the time.
January 17, 1787
march 16 1781
If the mother doesn't have syphilis, the baby won't have syphilis
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If the mother has syphilis, the unborn baby is at high risk to catch it.
Syphilis is acquired by having sexual contact with an infected person. You can also acquire syphilis if you're born to an infected mother.
Syphilis is a bacterial diseases. You get it from sexual contact with an infected person, or birth to an infected mother.
Congenital syphilis is transmitted from an infected woman to her unborn baby. Careful attention to syphilis testing and treatment during pregnancy are required to prevent congenital syphilis.
Congenital syphilis occurs when a baby is born to a mother infected with syphilis. It is not a genetic disease.
If a baby wasn't infected with syphilis at the time at birth, there are no special health concerns even if the mother had syphilis. Health problems come from a baby's infection.
A baby can get syphilis from birth to an infected mother. Testing during prenatal care is standard.
Syphilis does not arise spontaneously. You get it from sexual contact with an infected person, or birth to an infected mother.
You get syphilis typically from sexual contact with an infected person. You can also get it from birth to an infected mother.
Syphilis is spread by sexual contact with an infected person. You can also get it if your mother had it during her pregnancy.
Syphilis is a bacterial STD. It's transmitted by sexual contact, or by birth to an infected mother.
Syphilis is transmitted by sexual contact with someone who is infected. A baby can also get it from an infected mother.
Syphilis is spread by skin-to-skin contact with an infected person. You can also get it from birth to an infected mother.
Syphilis is spread by skin-to-skin contact with someone who is infected. You can also get it from birth to a mother who has the disease.
Humans get syphilis from having sexual contact with an infected person. You can also get it if you're born to an infected mother.
Mother has it and transfers it to the infant during birth.
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A person gets syphilis from having sex with an infected person. It's also contagious between an infected mother and her baby.
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