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Early Down’s Alert Brings Up Abortion Issue

Posted by Ryan on June 21, 2008

A new antenatal test currently in trial stages can indicate whether or not a couple is going to have a child with Down’s Syndrome at about the seventh week of gestation.  Some believe this would definitely lead to increased abortions of those children.

We’re beginning to enter that world we all talked about 10-15 years ago when we asked “what if” science could find out things like this for the benefit of new parents before the child is born, or even change characteristics to create cafe-style children looking like we want them to, etc.  We’re not at the latter point yet, but probably will be within our lifetime. 

Yet, in this particular scenario (and most other ones of this nature) the child gets left behind.  It’s Down’s today, but what if tomorrow it is homosexuality or susceptiblility to multiple sclerosis or even (to some vein parents) an unwanted recessive eye color?  Isn’t this what the Nazis tried to do — weed out the weak in society for the strength and convenience of the living? 

Yet, shouldn’t the parents know everything they can about the health of their child before he or she is born?  It’s a potentially slippery slope when we start gauging the value of a child before he or she has a chance to be born if that means terminating those who are deemed weak or inconvenient after a couple initially had the intent to keep the child.

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