Skip to comments.Only 5.3 Percent of Unborn Babies Diagnosed With Down Syndrome Escape Abortion
Posted on 03/28/2014 3:12:20 PM PDT by Morgana
Washington DC (LiveActionNews) In Australia, much like the United States, only 5.3% of people diagnosed in the womb with Down syndrome are actually born. About 95% of people with Down syndrome are never given the chance to live their lives. That means 95% of parents who receive such a diagnosis for their child have given in to their fears and now live everyday with the pain of having ended their childs life.
News.com.au asks, Is this the beginning of the end for Down syndrome? And it very well could be.
In the article, which first appeared in QWeekend Magazine, the author visits with families of children and adults with Down syndrome. Each admitted to having initially struggled with the diagnosis, whether it came during the pregnancy or at birth. But none regretted their child, each boasting about their childs accomplishments from the five-year-old little girl learning to write to the adult who participates in international competitive swimming. Each of their stories leaves you wondering, whats the big societal problem with people with Down syndrome?
downsgirlThere isnt one.
Our society is overall supportive of everyone with any type of disability or health condition. From inclusive education to Special Olympics, the majority of us now treat people with different abilities with respect and kindness. Unless of course, those people are still in their mothers womb.
Its the common out of sight, out of mind mentality. If I cant see it, it isnt really happening.
But these are real people were talking about. Actual lives that are being ended because they have Down syndrome. There is no other reason. And just as society discriminated against people with Down syndrome in the past by labeling them idiots and placing them in institutions, society today discriminates against them by telling their parents to kill them. Despite the fact that there are new medical technologies to help them live healthier and longer lives. Despite the fact that there are numerous programs to help them lead more fulfilling lives. And despite the fact that families of people with Down syndrome and people with Down syndrome themselves report being happy with their lives.
Despite all of these advances and improved life outcomes, we no longer institutionalize people with Down syndrome, we actually kill them.
And its all thanks to pre-natal testing. And the less invasive and expensive it gets, the more people will die. Isnt that the opposite of what medical advances are meant to do?
Instead of doctors informing parents of all the resources available to them and their child, they tell them only of the stereotypical negatives that are often associated with the condition. And they advise the parents to abort. One mother, Angela, says that her doctors were brilliant, however there was overwhelmingly negative advice being thrown at her and her husband. She was even told to leave her daughter behind and just walk away.
Parents, lost momentarily in their fears and mourning for the child they had planned on, can be too emotionally distraught to make a clear decision about their childs life, and most end up aborting. Many will carry that pain with them through the rest of their lives.
We have to ask ourselves, are the medical field and society doing parents a disservice when we talk about abortion in cases of fetal abnormalities? Are we denying parents and entire families the joys that come with parenting, the triumphs that come with struggles, and the pride that comes with watching your child succeed when no one thought they would? By denying people with Down syndrome their very lives, are we denying ourselves happiness? Are we denying the evolution of a compassionate society? Are we headed backwards in our quest for diversity, inclusion and acceptance?
If the only words a doctor can offer her patients who receive the news of a pre-natal Down syndrome diagnosis are, Im sorry and You can terminate, than yes, the medical community is causing emotional and mental harm to parents. And society is backing it up by repeatedly arguing for the right to allow abortion especially in the cases of humans with disabilities. Call it bullying. Call it misguided intentions. But in the end, theres a human being who has been denied his or her life and two parents who are suffering with the guilt. And this is only on track to continue until there is no longer a single person with Down syndrome on the planet. So much for inclusion and acceptance.
I am going to take this a little beyond the abortion issue — what if it could be detected before conception?
What if in the near future ALL genetic ailments could be predicted by doing modeling of the parents’ DNA and super-computing?
What if there were affirmative acts that could be taken to pre-cull which sperm hits which ovum? Or if that was the next step in artificial insemination?
All these are around the corner.
Bigger issues here than abortion...
It’s usually not an actual diagnosis. Generally if the tests show the possibility of a Downs child the Dr’s advise the mother to abort. I know of several couples who were told they might have a Downs baby and were advised to abort. They chose not to and the babies were born perfectly normal. I believe Dr’s prefer to advise an abortion so as to avoid a malpractice suit if the baby isn’t perfect.
And it's never going to "go away", since it's not heritable except in about 1% of cases.
It's a recurring mistake in transcription, that's all. Part of Life.
Despicable to kill these children, nothing more then Nazism.
At the time of my pregnancy with our daughter, the probability of her being “naturally” aborted as the result of an amniocentesis was pretty much equivalent to the probability of the test accurately indicating Down’s Syndrome. We chose not to take the risk of losing our daughter, who is today a beautiful 15-year old red-head with the singing voice of an angel and the heart and personality to match!
Wonder what the percent would be if a gay gene was discovered/
If the mother is older then 35 years of age, they go crazy wanting to do tests to find problems so they can advise an abortion.
“Wonder what the percent would be if a gay gene was discovered?”
Testing would be forbidden.
Downs is sort of an interesting condition if you think about it a bit. A Downs child that is well trained can do nicely at menial type labor. I’ve long suspected Downs is natures way of providing parents with someone to care for them in their old age and who will die at about the same time as the parents.
I’m not a big fan of Palin (considering that I think she still supports some form of Amnesty), but I REALLY RESPECT her for bringing Trig into the world and letting him live out his life with a family that loves him.
I love it!
“and letting him live out his life”
Think about what you said. “Letting him live”. That is what or society has come to? At least the Kennedys put Rose in an institution, and they had the money for an abortion in Mexico. Never mind that this kind of testing was around back then. I would like to think that even the Kennedys were Catholic enough not to abort Rose had there been testing for this back then. You see my point (I hope) in that it is so bizarre that we “let them live”. That should be a given.
Concur...My comment does point out just how far things have declined.
What if the father is older?
We were thusly told, that our older son would have Down Syndrome. Our son, not quite 20, is a sophomore at Harvard. I guess they didn’t get his diagnosis quite right.
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