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The aftermath of Down syndrome abortion

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The emotional aftermath of abortion is becoming a worldwide epidemic. Although most of the women who endure abortion are suffering in silence, many find comfort by sharing their grief with others in online public, anonymous forums. I focus a lot on the Down syndrome-related aspects of why I believe babies with Down syndrome should not be terminated. However, in taking… Read more »

Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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My fictional story The Eradication is closer to reality than you might think. Scientists have discovered a genetic mutation that leads to the development of autism. Less than two weeks ago, a study was released that shows a different genetic mutation plus lead exposure (found in everything from toys to vacuum cleaner cords) increases the chances of a child developing… Read more »

Waxing Philosophical: musings about prenatal genetic testing

On one of my frequented message boards, every time a person posts anything related to Down syndrome a woman chimes in with negative links and information to “keep the conversation balanced” about Down syndrome. Based on her personal experience of having a congenital heart defect (CHD), she purports that it’s an unacceptable diagnosis to have Down syndrome and CHD. Unacceptable… Read more »

To parents considering Down syndrome termination

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The effect of medical professionals’ bias means life and death for parents considering Down syndrome termination. Newly pregnant with my fourth, I sat with the developmental pediatrician discussing my oldest child. As my younger son with Down syndrome squirmed on my lap, I told the doctor my pregnancy news. Without even desultory congratulations she asked, “You’re getting the [genetic] testing?”… Read more »

Changing the conversation on abortion and Down syndrome

Imagine you are a young pregnant mother. You get all the screenings recommended by your OB/GYN, and one comes back with raised odds that your baby will have Down syndrome. You are scared. You ask your doctor for more information. She tells you that if your baby has Down syndrome, there is a good chance he won’t survive, or if… Read more »

Who is going to save them?

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I have mentioned in the past that I am a part of an important organization called Saving Down syndrome. We work to advocate for the lives of people with Down syndrome, both before birth and after. The leaders of Saving Down syndrome created a new video in time for World Down Syndrome Day (March 21) that features countless reasons why… Read more »