// November 9th, 2005 // Kids, Life, Politics

I was reading an interesting post on Mauzy’s Musings about termination of pregnancies with a diagnosis of Down Syndrome and thought I’d put down my thoughts – it’s an issue I feel very strongly about.

I do support the rights of women to terminate their pregnancies – I’m a pro-choicer from way back. But the estimate is that about 90% of DS pregnancies are now terminated because of pre-diagnosis. To me, eliminating people who have a particular condition is not a “cure”. It’s actually genocide. Especially considering that these are all late terminations because amniocentesis cannot be performed until 15-18 weeks of pregnancy. This means that the mothers have to take a tablet to first kill the fetus, and then they have to actually go through an induced labour to remove it.

Apparently in Ireland because it’s a Catholic country, there are huge numbers of people with DS and other disabilities. We are losing that diversity in other Western countries. It’s like the thin end of the wedge of eugenics. Another example of our society’s obsession with physical perfection.

I don’t blame the mothers who are having the terminations, but rather the medical profession that gives them three days to choose and no real information about DS. For many people it’s the first time they’ve really thought about it. If they had a chance to go to the Down Syndrome Association in their area and meet some kids with DS, I know some of them would change their minds.

Apparently an actual cure for DS is not too far away – it will be one of the easier genetic modifications as it involves a whole gene. I really believe our children will be the last generation of kids with Down Syndrome. And that makes me feel really sad. But there’s a big difference between a real cure and what is happening now.

Phew! That was a bit heavy for Jemsweb – back to the inane drivel next post I promise.

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