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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

New York Times Article on Down Syndrome and Abortion

Here's an interesting New York Times article on Down Syndrome, prenatal testing, and abortion. The article estimates that 90% of children with Down Syndrome are aborted. One of the points discussed in the article is something that I've thought about before, that we are entering a world where there will be very few people with disabilities:
A dwindling Down syndrome population, which now stands at about 350,000, could mean less institutional support and reduced funds for medical research. It could also mean a lonelier world for those who remain.
Not only will the world be a lonelier and less welcoming place for those with disabilities, but it will be a lonelier and less welcoming for the rest of us "normal" people, as we will have lost many opportunities to learn some of life's most important lessons in love, forgiveness, and compassion.

HT: Mirror of Justice

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