Tag Archives: Prenatal testing

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 »

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 »

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 »

Down syndrome: it’s not the end of the world

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Since giving up facebook for Lent yesterday (has it only been one day??), to fulfill my need to connect with the world I was catching up on blog reading. One blog that popped up in my Reader was written by a pregnant woman who recently had a first trimester scan that had an elevated reading of nuchal translucency (involving the… Read more »