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Monday, December 05, 2005

Abortion and Down Syndrome

On this morning's front page of the Detroit News, another article on pre-natal testing for Down Syndrome and abortion, entitled "Earlier Down syndrome test raises ethics debate: Some say knowing in first trimester helps parents prepare; others fear abortions will jump."

I agree that pre-natal testing does help and prepare those loving parents who will give of themselves and care for a disabled child. The sad fact, however, is that with a society creating selfish individuals, coupled with the medical profession's prevailing presumption in favor of aborting kids with Downs, 9 out of 10 mothers aren't loving enough to support life.

At this moment, the survey attached to the article is currently 2 to 1, or 66%, in favor of abortion. The survey also allows comments to be posted and viewed. The comments reveal the two sides of the debate, often with brutal honesty:

One on side:

"I don't understand why it matters if a baby has Down syndrome. That gives us no reason to destroy it. I'm a teenager, but how secure can I feel when people don't consider someone human, just because of some physical problem. Each person is unique and needed!"


On the other side:

"Let's be practical. I am not giving up 80% or more of my life to care for a Down Syndrome baby that will be depend on me through his/her adult life. . . . Let my be as upfront as possible......This is the 'Me' generation, and with health costs increasing endlessly, who has the money."

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