from the times:

…under a new recommendation from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, doctors have begun to offer a new, safer screening procedure to all pregnant women, regardless of age.

About 90 percent of pregnant women who are given a Down syndrome diagnosis have chosen to have an abortion…

…Newsweek columnist George F. Will labeled it a ‘search and destroy mission‘ for a category of citizens…

…Dr. Brian Skotko, a medical resident who has studied how mothers were told of prenatal diagnoses, found a high level of dissatisfaction. He said that most doctors have little or no training on how to relay a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome…

…Others take issue with the notion that they do not give parents a balanced portrayal of the condition.

‘It’s a mistake to say ”your baby is going to be mentally retarded, you should have a pregnancy termination,” ‘ said Dr. Allan Nadel, director of prenatal diagnosis at [Massachussetts General] hospital. ‘By the same token, I don’t think it’s quite fair to say ”these are wonderful lovely human beings, you can deal with all of their problems and it’s not that big of a deal.” We strive to have the proper balance.’

(source: harmon, amy. prenatal test puts down syndrome in hard focus. new york times. may 9, 2007.)

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  1. “Proper balance” = convenient; makes hospitals money; keeps the malpractice suits down. At some point, the american medical profession had a morality termination. I can’t stand George Will for the most part, but I think he’s right on on this point.

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