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Studies of families of children with Down syndrome

Studies of families of children with Down syndrome show that these children benefit their families. Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical fellow in genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston, authored a study of 3,000 Down syndrome patients and family members published in the October edition of … Continue reading

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“Tremendous cost” of treatment influenced choice to abort disabled baby

A couple chose to abort their baby (by D&E) at just under 20 weeks when the child was diagnosed with severe kidney disease. He would have needed a kidney transplant and dialysis.  The woman says: “We did not explicitly consider … Continue reading

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Mother of mentally challenged son speaks out

From the mother of a developmentally delayed child: “As the parent of a disabled child, I have experienced firsthand the transformed perspective on life possible when one is given the opportunity to live with those who confound our expectations, who … Continue reading

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Woman with German measles refuses abortion, has healthy baby

Joanne Dieleman, a Canadian pro-lifer, was pregnant when she contracted German measles. A book tells her story: “In 1970, Joanne faced a surprising test for what it is to be pro-life. While expecting her fifth child, she contracted German measles. … Continue reading

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Mother of child with down syndrome: “No life is in vain.”

The mother of a child with down syndrome wrote: “I… gave birth to a severely retarded child. Even though I would not have chosen Joey 12 years ago today, today I love him as my special son… If we chose … Continue reading

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Parents call children with Down’s “a gift from god”

Testimony from parents of a Down syndrome child in an editorial in a newspaper: “There are no more giving, joyful, happy or precious children then Downs children. They are a genuine gift from God. Our son teaches us the meaning … Continue reading

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Father of child with down syndrome: I can’t imagine life without her

Writer Theo Malekin writes about his daughter, who has down syndrome: “Around 80 percent of women who get a positive test for Down syndrome still choose to have an abortion. Yet I cannot think of any parents of a child … Continue reading

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Father of baby with down syndrome : I can’t imagine my life without her

In a conversation about aborting down syndrome babies, one new father said: “When i found out i was going to be a father, [of a baby with down syndrome]  me and my girlfriend freaked out and quickly said ” can … Continue reading

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Mother of down syndrome baby chooses life

A mother who amniocentesis showed that her child had  down syndrome describes the “horrible experience” she then went through. She says: “I got the amnio at 18 weeks, then the genetics counselor showed a video. I remember it like yesterday. I could tell … Continue reading

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Man with Huntington’s chorea: Better a short life than abortion

A man with Huntington’s chorea in his family was asked if he would have wanted to be aborted. Huntington’s chorea usually strikes at age 40 or so, and causes rapid degeneration of mind and body. It is hereditary.  The man with the … Continue reading

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