Tuesday, February 24, 2009

New Down Syndrome Test

I was really concerned about the lack of outrage over the ability to abort babies even younger as inconclusive downs tests are promoted by scaring moms into thinking their "deformed" baby will be too hard to raise. Read the beginning of the article and then look at the range of comments from the Washington Post.

By Rob Stein Washington Post

updated 2:55 a.m. ET, Tues., Feb. 24, 2009
A handful of biotech companies are racing to market a new generation of tests for Down syndrome, a development that promises a safer way to spot the most common genetic cause of mental retardation early in pregnancy even as it weaves a thicket of moral, medical, political and regulatory concerns. (Click here or on the blog title to read whole article)

I agree. I think prenatal testing is excellent and allows parents to make informed decisions about the children they may or may not bring into the world. Having a child with DS is a huge responsibility and knowing this in advance will allow parents to determine if this is something they can deal with. All the right-to-life people - this is a quality of life issue, not quantity of life issue and it is important.

BLOGGER TWO: My Mom left her Doctors office in a stream of tears after being told that the child in her womb (my sister Kim) had DS. For the record, Kim does not have DS... it was a mistake and an error on the testing/doctor/whatever's part. I will never forget the pain and anguish that the incorrect result caused my Mom to go through. Hopefully this test will prevent such situations from happening.
What do you think? When will early detection coincide with immediate conception and make birth control and abortion equivalent? Are they already? Where will we go from here?

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