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Drawing the Line (the reality of The Eradication)

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Down syndrome termination

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 »

The Eradication (a fiction)

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As an old woman, I am privileged to revisit past events with an objective lens. It was a different world then. Early in the year, 2018: I was 38 years old and pregnant with my fifth baby. If you’ve seen one baby’s ultrasound you’ve seen them all, so my husband remained home with the other children while I attended the… 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 »

What They’re Missing

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I recently read an informative article entitled “Don’t abort based on MaterniT21.” While the author Mark Leach is quite right–the new non-invasive prenatal tests for Down syndrome are only screening tests, not diagnostic–I am very torn. If I were to say it is tragic that 17% of women are aborting solely based on a positive indication of Down syndrome from… Read more »