February 6, 2013

Pre-Natal Testing - What Does Perfect Really Mean?

If you haven't heard, there is now a blood test that can determine whether a baby in utero has Down syndrome or not, a test which is much safer, gives earlier results, and lacks the dangers of an amnio. Many are hailing this test as a wonderful addition to prenatal testing while others wonder about the ethical implications of having an abortion because you aren't comfortable with the characteristics a test shows your child to have.

Wonder why this is relevant? Try to wrap your mind around the fact that 90% of babies diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero are aborted. Only one 1 out of 10 survive. 

Add to that statistic that the tests are not always correct. In fact our family learned (well after Chase was born) that Chase had been given only a 1 in 1200 chance of having Down syndrome. Just as there are false negatives, there are false positives and many of these babies who are killed were actually perfectly healthy typical children. 

But as these articles below show, the real problem is in society's view of Down syndrome and the disabled. That weaknesses are seen as character flaws. That perfection is necessary for someone to be worthwhile of love or even life.  Take a moment to read these articles and decide for yourself whether this is a direction in which we want our world to be heading. 

1 comment:

  1. It's very sad how many babies with Downs are aborted. I chose to forgo all the prenatal testing because I would rather just meet my child as he or she is, rather than worrying for months ahead of time about challenges he might have. A friend of mine was told her son would have Downs, but he ended up not having it. A few years later, she had twin girls and one girl did have Downs. She said not knowing prior to birth was better because she met her daughter and loved her instantly, rather than receiving a diagnosis for a baby she hadn't even met yet.