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    Negative of Prenatal Screening

    Nowadays it seems like just about every woman that is pregnant is being pressed by their doctors to have some sort of prenatal screening for Down syndrome and other genetic abnormalities. Whether it’samniocentesis, ultrasound, blood tests, or Chronic Villus Sampling (CVS), all of these tests can accurately determine if the fetus has some sort of genetic abnormality. Many women feel pressure from their doctors to take one of these tests.
    What happens when a tests comes back positive for having a baby with Down syndrome? Well because the pressure of doctor andRoe v. Wade (a Supreme Court decision that allows abortion, until a certain age of the fetus) about 85-90% of the time the baby will be aborted. So that means only about 10% of babies with Down syndrome will ever be born. These are heartbreaking statistics and make me sick to my stomach. Now I know that some people have the prenatal tests to prepare for their baby, if the baby does in fact have Down syndrome, but as you can see that isn’t the case in most situations.
    When I a young child, I received a sister that has Down syndrome and have recently gained a brother that also has Down syndrome. These two people are the best things to ever happen to me. They have made me the person I am today. My brother and sister bring so much joy and pride to our family. People finding out that their child will have Down syndrome don’t have the benefit of this knowledge.
    Doctors are quick to point are the negatives of Down syndrome, but seldom ever tell parents-to-be the many positives of Downs. They always point out all of the obstacles their child will have. What they don’t tell you is the amount of pride both you and your child will have once they reach a certain obstacle. I cannot explain with words how proud I am of my siblings.People aren’t just taking an innocent human life when they decide to abort a baby with Down syndrome, they are also hurting themselves. As I said before, my siblings bring me so much joy and I feel so sorry for the people that will never experience that joy.
    Why do doctors always put an emphasis on the negatives? Why do some doctors make Down syndrome sound like it’s the worst thing in world? Well the only thing I can think of is that the doctors obviously are not proper trained. Most doctors, in their training, never work with people with disabilities. These doctors cannot accurately advise women on what to do with a baby with Down syndrome. They may be experts in the sciences, but they know nothing about the quality of life that people with Down syndrome have.
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