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The Abortion Eugenics Movement: Will Prenatal Testing Lead To Only The Perfect Surviving?

Posted by Job on June 15, 2007

Adoph Hitler confidante Margaret Sanger (takimag.com/site/planned_parenthood_and_nazi_eugenics/), founder of Planned Parenthood which is funded with your taxpayer dollars thanks to George W. Bush and the Republican Congress (see Why Christians Should Not Support George W. Bush), would be proud.

From this link in the Atlanta Constitution: ajc.com/health/content/shared-blogs/ajc/parenting/entries/2007/05/20/_most_people_wo.html

Will prenatal testing lead to only the perfect surviving?
Should all mothers be tested? Would society as a whole be hurt by disabled children being gradually eliminated through abortion?
By Theresa Walsh Giarrusso | Sunday, May 20, 2007, 08:53 AM

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Most people would agree that expectant mothers should have every opportunity to know how healthy their child is going to be. But what if an increase in using more accurate prenatal testing leads to an increase in abortions? What if parents begin selectively aborting babies based on traits such as disabilities?

That’s the debate that has been heating up since the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists recommended in January that a new safer, more accurate test for Down syndrome be given to all pregnant women.

The new screening involves a blood test and an ultrasound in the first trimester and doesn’t endanger the pregnancy. Older testing methods were only recommended for women older than 35. Some of the tests gave a high percentage of false positives (AFP test) and others could potentially cause the women to miscarry (amniocentesis).

Opponents of the recommendation worry that if parents do know and have the choice to abort, they will. A study in England found that approximately 90 percent of pregnant women who were told they had a Down baby did abort the child.

I had more intense testing than the average young woman with all my children, in part because of a genetic heart defect that runs in my family. Because of my personal beliefs, I would never have aborted any of my children even if they tested positive for a disability. However, I can empathize with women who have to make the difficult decision about giving birth to a child with special needs.

I don’t think this is a debate about abortion rights though. I think even pro-choice advocates have to wonder if using prenatal testing to determine abortions crosses the line from preventing disabilities to eugenics? Is it right to abort a child because they are not perfect?

Originally proposed in the late 1800s, eugenics was the study of methods to improve the quality of man by encouraging only the brightest or the strongest to reproduce. Over time, governments (such as the Nazi Germany, the U.S. and China) twisted the concept to prevent people with negative qualities, such as disabilities and diseases, from reproducing.

And now with increased technology, it has evolved again. Through genetic screening parents can choose to only allow the most perfect children to continue to develop and be born. But where does it end?

If you start aborting because a child has Down syndrome then what’s next — children with cerebral palsy? Children with heart problems? Children with cleft palates?

Should my brother have been aborted because he had a serious heart condition? He’s 38 now, with two beautiful healthy children of his own.

Each year, about 5,500 Down syndrome babies are born in America, according to the CDC. That’s about 1 out of every 800 births. Currently there are about 350,000 people living in the U.S. with Down syndrome, according to the National Down Syndrome Society. Families with Down children are concerned that if fewer Down babies are born there will be less medical research, less assistance programs and less acceptance of their children.

Some activists, many parents of Down syndrome children, are trying to reach out to pregnant women who might to choose to abort. They want to show these families how rich a Down syndrome child’s life can be. Some Down families are trying to get obstetricians to match them with pregnant women. Other families are trying to update medical literature, as well as inform doctors about how well Down children can do.

A Washington Post story called this “the abortion debate no one wants to have.” The article went on to say “The abortion debate is not just about a woman’s right to choose whether to have a baby; it’s also about a woman’s right to choose which baby she wants to have.”

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