I do not think potential parents are given enough information when faced with a prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome or other potential disability. When we were given the prenatal diagnosis of Down Syndrome for our son, the first thing the doctor asked was "Do you want to terminate this sick baby?" We did not go out looking to get a prenatal screening. We declined the testing when it was offered at the regular time that prenatal testing is done during a pregnancy. An abnormality was found during a routine ultrasound while we were pregnant was discovered. We had prenatal testing to determine what was causing the abnormality. We were given our diagnosis. And in the next breath, the doctor asked if we wanted to terminate....... What, no discussion, education about Down Syndrome. Just get rid of the sick baby. WOW. How many other parents are given the option of terminating before any other options are discussed?
We did not give termination one thought. We wanted to know what we could do to keep both of our beautiful babies healthy. We came out fighting from the moment of our diagnosis. Fighting for the rights of our sons.
Lately in the news, new testing for Down Syndrome have been making a splash in the prenatal market. And companies are makes lots and lots of money off of this testing. And more companies are jumping into the screening market. With prenatal screening should come the responsibility of education of parents given a diagnosis of a child with a disability.
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