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January 21, 2007


Shaun G

Adding to the many sadnesses of children being aborted because of a genetic condition is the fact that those children whose parents dare to let them live are all the more "anomalous," making it even harder for them to be accepted.

For example, when I was growing up, it was not uncommon to know someone with Down syndrome. There was a boy in my cub scout troop; there was the sister of a classmate of mine. We may have had the sense that these kids were "different," but they were at least familiar.

That such children may soon be unfamiliar to the great majority of Americans is scary -- because it is easier to fear what we don't know.


When is ACOG going to realize that some families just don't want to know? This, like their stance on cystic fibrosis screening, is a thinly veiled attempt to encourage eugenics. They don't want "non-directive counseling" done. Termination of the fetus is the de facto goal, no matter how much ACOG talks about "offering options to the pregnant mother" once the test comes back positive.

The time to discuss options is BEFORE the test- as in- "There is no treatment for Down's Syndrome. If your baby has Down's Syndrome, the only alternatives are abortion or carrying to term. Knowing this, would you like to have the test?" Guess what- a lot of them don't want the test. It's all in how the doctor phrases it, and if the patient gets ALL the available information (which, by the way, is not taught in medical school). We know how ACOG wants doctors to phrase it. They're all about choice, we know that, unless the choice doesn't suit their agenda.

A quick sweep through the literature will tell you how most obstetrical researchers (perinatologists) view this. Nada, zip, zero on Down's syndrome except how to get rid of such a pregnancy. Of course, the research establishment doesn't know their patients by name, their whole family, their religious beliefs, or anything else about "the patient." But the academicians set ACOG policy, that much is obvious.

My question is, what are they going to do when there's a screen for every genetic defect? That day is coming- in fact it's right around the corner.


You know they do call amnios "Search & Destroys", don't you?


As a young man in my early twenties I worked in a state institution for mentally challenged adults and youth. The sight of twisted limbs and physical deformities with beautiful minds trapped inside left an indelible impression on me. It taught me humility and how God's great gift of life comes to us in a variety of ways, all good. The greatest joy was the time I spent with those who had Down's Syndrone. They posessed a view of the world that was fresh, spontaneous and full of life. They were humorous and compassionate and became best friends unconditionally. Those physicians who painted that false picture of despair were never as fortunate as I was in my time spent with those beautiful children.

scotch meg

My husband saw a patient Friday (for other reasons) who told him about her pregnanacy experience with Downs. She had a blood result consistent with Downs, and described the extreme pressure to abort from doctors, family, and friends. A horrible and unforgettable experience. In the end her child was not a Downs kid, and she is now on the warpath against prenatal testing. For her the problem was not so much that the test was wrong, as the incredible pressure brought on her to abort her child.

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