Stories like this one make me really angry: http://www.smh.com.au/news/national/test-all-for-down-urge-doctors/2008/12/06/1228257383143.html
I reckon the idea that babies with down syndrome are better off being terminated before birth is based on the following assumptions:
1. It's up to the parents to decide if a baby gets to be born (the rights of the baby don't seem to come into it); and
2. A person with down syndrome would be better off never having been born.
I sometimes wonder if people who advocate the termination of downs babies have ever met someone with the syndrome. Yes, it's a disability and it brings many challenges to both the person affected and their family, but it's not the end of the world! I've met plenty of people with down syndrome and on the whole they're no different to others in their enjoyment and experience of life.
It is a tragedy for someone to be conceived with downs syndrome - but terminating a pregnancy because of the condition is merely creating one tragedy in the hope of avoiding another.
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