Study Shows That Abortion Is Not the Answer When a Baby Has Down Syndrome

An MSNBC article describes how people with down syndrome often lead happy lives, and that their families appreciate them,

“Among 2,044 parents or guardians surveyed, 79 percent reported their outlook on life was more positive because of their child with Down syndrome.”

“Skotko also found that among siblings ages 12 and older, 97 percent expressed feelings of pride about their brother or sister with Down syndrome and 88 percent were convinced they were better people because of their sibling with Down syndrome. A third study evaluating how adults with Down syndrome felt about themselves reports 99 percent responded they were happy with their lives, 97 percent liked who they are, and 96 percent liked how they looked.”

“Dr. Brian Skotko, a clinical fellow in genetics at Children’s Hospital Boston and lead study author, says he hopes the research on more than 3,000 Down syndrome patients and family members published in the October edition of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, will serve to better inform expectant parents and clinicians providing prenatal care.”

Kimbery Hayes Taylor “Down syndrome’s rewards touted as new test looms: Families report happy lives in first survey of impact of genetic condition” MSNBC NEWS 9/29/2011

80 to 90% of down syndrome children are aborted when the mother realizes that she is carrying a “defective” child.

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Author: Sarah

Sarah is a member of the board of The Pro-life Alliance of Gays and Lesbians.

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