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Saturday, December 10, 2016
New Down's testing rule is "eugenics disguised as healthcare"
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¬†Life groups are protesting today over the news that all pregnant women in the UK will be offered tests for Down's syndrome under new government guidelines. "The quest for the perfect child and the elimination prenatally of those deemed not good enough to live continues to underpin current trends in obstetric care in this country," said Josephine Quintavalle, Director of Comment on Reproductive Ethics. "News that all pregnant women will be offered tests for Down's Syndrome should be greeted with absolute dismay, not delight. We already abort hundreds of unborn babies with this condition every year, some even after 6 months' gestation. "Wholesale testing will result in wholesale destruction of these unfortunate victims of 21st Century prejudice. This new proposal represents modern eugenics ≠ not legitimate healthcare." LIFE spokesperson Patrick Cusworth said: "The message behind this massive increase in Down's screening is that some lives are worthy of living and others are not. It is an insult to all born people with Down,s syndrome. So-called experts believe they can make judgements about an individual's 'quality of life' when plainly they cannot. "Many people with Down's lead full and satisfying lives and bring great joy to those around them, particularly their parents. To 'seek and destroy' such people before they are born is morally unacceptable. "We would urge all expectant mothers to refuse these tests. At least five per cent of women will be told that they are carrying a Down's baby when they are not. This means that if they choose abortion they will have aborted a healthy child. Secondly, the invasive amniocentesis test carries a real risk of miscarriage. And thirdly, parents receive inadequate information about Down's syndrome meaning that they are more likely to view abortion as the only solution. "Experts admit that more tests mean more abortions. The rights of the unborn child are being completely overlooked. If the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) want unborn Down's syndrome children aborted, do they have similarly fatal recommendations for born Down's syndrome children? These recommendations are blatantly eugenic in spirit."
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