New Down syndrome test 'more sensitive, reliable'

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  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    June 9, 2013 2:45 p.m.

    My daughter discovered very early in her pregnancy that her second son had Down syndrome. She accepted it and her boy, though he has special challenges, is a joy to all who know him. I was distressed that right after the diagnosis was made, someone at the place that did the test who has vinegar in her blood stream told her to have her baby aborted. What in the world were they thinking? Telling a woman to kill her baby because he won't be perfect.

  • viejogeezer CARLSBAD, CA
    June 8, 2013 11:22 a.m.

    I have two downs children, both adopted. My son, now 38, was the first and perhaps the only handicapped child placed by LDS Social Services. He loves to go to the temple, greets everyone for sacrament and bears his testimony nearly every month. When he fails to do so many people want to know why he didn't. Both children have been totally joyous contributors to my live and I wouldn't change them in any way. In my life I have met many parents of downs children. I have never met one who didn't feel the same way I do. The thought of aborting one of these children is so abhorrent to me I can't express my horror and the selfish stupidity of depriving oneself of the immense joy these children bring is inconceivable. To anyone considering this test I can only recommend that you think long and hard about it. By the way, and it may not even be relevant, but both couples who gave up my children for adoption eventually divorced.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    June 7, 2013 7:55 p.m.

    Down syndrome is the least funded genetic condition in the United States. How we parents of children with Down syndrome would love to see even a fraction of the money devoted to diagnosing Down syndrome in utero actually go to finding a treatment to help our children!

    I'm not opposed to genetic testing, but let's be frank: what the article omits is the fact that after a positive test, something like 90% of pregnant women choose to have an abortion.

    So the more accurate and common the tests become, the fewer children with Down syndrome will have a chance to be born.

    And that is a true tragedy, because the differently abled contribute so much to society.