In this day of designer babies, defects detected have become a death sentence.
Dr. Brian Skotko, a physician at the Children's Boston who is on the board of directors of the National Down Syndrome Society, told FoxNews.com that many doctors aren't adequately trained to counsel women on having children with Down syndrome, and worse, some who diagnose an expecting couple's child with Down syndrome encourage them to terminate the pregnancy.
"The age is swiftly coming where not all possible technologic advances may bring welcomed change. Parents who have children with Down syndrome have already found much richness in life with an extra chromosome," Skotko wrote in an article published in the BMJ in October 2009.
Sunday, July 11, 2010
Coming Soon: With a simple blood draw from the mother, defects may be spotted in the preborn...but what happens next?
story that in about 4 years medical experts hope to have an accurate and non invasive means of testing a pregnant woman with a simple blood draw to detect for Down Syndrome and other defects. The point to detecting Down Syndrome in the womb is not to treat but to offer to kill.