Down's Syndrome could soon be extinct

By Lindsay de Freitas
22 January 2016

Testing for Down’s Syndrome during pregnancy has become increasingly safe in recent times and as a result many moms are choosing to abort foetuses which test positive for the chromosomal disorder.

Testing for Down’s Syndrome during pregnancy has become increasingly safe in recent times and as a result many moms are choosing to abort foetuses which test positive for the chromosomal disorder.

Researchers predict that if abortion rates continue to climb, the condition, which was first defined by English physician John Langdon Down 154 years ago, could soon be extinct.

The tests which were necessary to diagnose Down’s Syndrome during pregnancy used to be very unsafe and involved puncturing the womb to test the amniotic fluid. This procedure led to many miscarriages in woman keen to find out if their baby suffered from any birth defects.

The new screening method, which is known as non-invasive prenatal testing, involves taking a blood sample from the mother and looking for DNA belonging to the unborn child. Results for the test are available within five days. The simplicity of testing procedures have lead to an increase in abortions with babies with birth defects.

According to the Daily Mail, abortions due to babies being diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome and other conditions, has increased by 34 percent in just three years in the UK. In 2014 98% of babies diagnosed with the disorder were aborted in Demark, according to a headline seen in the Copenhagen Post.

But the easier testing method and increased abortions have been met with widespread anger by many who feel the practice is unethical. In Ohio in the US a group called ‘Ohio Right to Life’ are pushing to make it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion if a woman is terminating her pregnancy to avoid having a child with Down's Syndrome.

“We all want to be born perfect, but none of us are, and everyone has a right to live, perfect or not,” explains Mike Gonidakis, president of the group.

“You go to any supermarket or mall and see these families who just happen to have a child with Down syndrome, and they will tell you how fortunate they are to have those children. Pretty soon, we’re going to find the gene for autism. Are we going to abort for that, too?”

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Sources: Dailymail.co.uk, nytimes.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, nationalrighttolifenews.org

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