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So Sad that So Many Deprive Themselves of the Love of a Child with Down's Syndrome

New "breakthroughs' are breakdowns.

Last Friday’s Telegraph had a small and seemingly innocuous news item, entitled “New Down’s syndrome blood test to go on trial”. I read it with anticipatory dread. It seems that this new screening test “will identify with 99% certainty whether [a patient’s] unborn child will have Down’s”. The item expanded on the supposedly good news: “Experts conducting the ongoing study said that, if offered through the NHS, the method could spare tens of thousands of women the need for one or two invasive tests, chorionic villus sampling (CVS) and amniocentesis, which cause almost 300 miscarriages each year.” Professor Kypros Nicolaides, who led the study, said, “With the current method you get any number: one in two [chance of the baby having Down’s], one in 10, 50, or 500. With the new test you get a result which is either more than 99% chance, or a less than one in 10,000 chance. It is a very clear distinction.”
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Angela Horn said...

You might like this blog post by a UK obstetrician who did an elective in Ethiopia, writing about how the birth of a baby with Down Syndrome was no big deal.. " in a society where few people can read or write, where the majority of people will do manual work and the extended family is very strong- being born with Down's syndrome is not the same handicap as is in the UK."

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