In October 2005, former Washington Post reporter Patricia E. Bauer wrote about “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have: Prenatal testing is making your right to abort a disabled child more like ‘your duty’ to abort a disabled child.”
It’s difficult to find an excerpt that does the article justice, so I urge you to read the whole thing.
While we’re on the topic, the Chicago Tribune last week ran two articles heralding the lives of people with downs syndrome (“Swimmer wins nothing but accolades”) and spina bifida (“Trying life on for size”).
According to the International Federation for Spina Bifida and Hydrocepalus, “more than 90% of the parents opt for abortion or termination of pregnancy when the child has spina bifida and/or hydrocephalus” (PDF) The statistics for downs syndrome are similar.
On second thought, here’s an excerpt from “The Abortion Debate No One Wants to Have”
In ancient Greece, babies with disabilities were left out in the elements to die. We in America rely on prenatal genetic testing to make our selections in private, but the effect on society is the same.