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Down Syndrome Abortions Encouraged, Study Finds

Tuesday, 12 April 2005 12:00 AM

Another respondent wrote that her genetic counselors "told my husband and I that our child may not be able to complete school, will have limited cognitive abilities, and may remain a child emotionally and physically for life." She complained that her counselor did not provide information on the "highest and lowest range of functioning" for the disease.

Additional reports include that these medical "professionals" often do not discuss all options, that they provide outdated information, and that they fail to use sensitive language. The obstetricians and genetic counselors will often set a negative tone right away, beginning a diagnosis with "I'm sorry" or "Unfortunately, I have some bad news to share."

What's most alarming, however, is that according to the survey, mothers are not clearly and properly informed that prenatal Down syndrome screening is not 100 percent accurate, and actually has a 20 to 40 percent failure rate. This factor could have led some women to abort perfectly healthy babies.

In past studies, as reported by the Cybercast News Service, correlations were established between abortion rates and prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome. In 1993, the Center for Disease Control reported that, together, these two factors have reduced Atlanta Down syndrome births by 70 percent.

According to CNSNews.com, 80 to 90 percent of pregnancies which reveal the "possibility or probability" of Down syndrome are terminated. These are staggering numbers which indicate that a mother would rather kill her child, than to let him live with a mental disorder.

This concept certainly mirrors, in pregnancy, what a brain-damaged woman in Florida experienced, when her life was deemed meaningless. While life with Down syndrome, or any disorder, may not always be easy, it is still a life, which should hold value in all circumstances.

The "culture of death" is now present in members of the media, the political sphere and the judicial system. But when that pro-death mentality spreads to the medical community, whose prime object is to sustain life, that is something that should be of grave concern to all Americans.

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