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19 Jan 2018, 6:16 pm

This is today's news from BBC. There is apparently a test that can detect Down's Syndrome in the womb. This testing will begin this year in England. Will there be, then, an option to decide on an abortion?
http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-42754307
"The Church of England fears new pre-natal tests could lead to a rise in abortions of babies with Down's." The General Synod will debate this when it meets next month. With the new testing, is there the possibility it will be also detecting ASD? Now or later? Could those also lead to a choice of abortion? Will this be the next to be debated by the General Synod?



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19 Jan 2018, 7:55 pm

I thought most Down’s fetusus were aborted because of genetic testing.


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19 Jan 2018, 10:40 pm

I'm against abortion of any kind. The abortion of a disabled baby doesn't make it any less of a murder than the abortion of a normal baby. Abortion is murder, any way you look at it.


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20 Jan 2018, 6:11 pm

umm is this really news?
Currently Iceland has virtually no downs syndrome due to current prenatal testing technology
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/down-syndrome-iceland/

Perhaps the technique uses sonar (ultrasound?) which might be less invasive for mom and less risky for the baby than amniocentisis?

Of course the baby may be doomed if it's not found to be perfectly healthy



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20 Jan 2018, 6:38 pm

cyberdad wrote:
umm is this really news?


I doubt it, they offered my mum a downs syndrome test, around 40 years ago.
But since mum wasn't going to abort if I was, they chose not to do the test.