Friday, December 26, 2008

Obligatory murder?

I missed this article in the Sydney Morning Herald which argues there should be obligatory screening for Downs syndrome. We deliberately avoided the 12 week ultrasound for both our children because we knew that diagnosis leads to pressure to abort. (We've certainly heard plenty of parents being reminded repeatedly that "it's not too late" and being looked at with disdain by hospital staff for not aborting.) To suggest such screening should be mandatory would place incredible strain on those, like us, who are fully persuaded that just because a child is handicapped, doesn't mean they should be killed.

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