Thursday, June 16, 2011

AP takes up debate over new Down syndrome screening test

The best part about the bad news that a non-invasive maternal blood test which can predict with nearly 100% accuracy whether a baby has Down syndrome, is the discussion it is generating in the media.
Dr Brian Skotko was interviewed in a two part article in the Associated Press on whether this was a good thing.
He says,
 "the vast majority of people with Down syndrome and families affirm that their contributions to their communities are significant, and their lives are very valuable."
Also featured in this powerful article is Erin Witkowski of Port Jervis, NY who says,
 "When they first gave him to me," Witkowski said, "I saw tiny little hands, and he had the most beautiful eyes... He didn't have `Down syndrome' stamped on his forehead. He cried and he peed and he pooped. He was a baby."

So, like the partial-birth abortion ban debate, which changed American public opinion against abortion forever, public awareness is being raised on this issue which has been sidelined for far too long. And those of us who stand with the right of those with Down syndrome to be born, are happy to engage in the discussion.
Its about time, since national health care programs in nations such as France and New Zealand are considering instituting universal pre-natal screening for Down syndrome, regardless of age.
Mike Sullivan a member of the International Down Syndrome Coaltion for Life is featured in this short documentary about pre-natal testing for New Zealand television. entitled,
Down but Not Out. 
Lets make enough noise to awaken the consciences of the good people out there who have no idea of the 90% abortion rate, so that the cry of "eugenics" can reach the ears of the powerful.

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