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Free Choice of Abortion if Child Has Downs Syndrome

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Started: 3/26/2014 Category: Health
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SummerVibe

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I believe it should be a right to end a pregnancy, if you find out your child has the chance of being born with Downs Syndrome.

(Note: I live in Denmark where abortion is free up until week 12, so this will not be a debate about abortion in general).

My view is, that it could potentially ruin the life of 2 or more if the child is born with Downs, if the parent does not wish to take care of a child with that condition.
With an abortion, you will only take away one life. If a child with Downs is born into a family that cant handle/take care of a child with that condition, it could potentionally ruin an entire family.

Im not saying that it should be "illegal" to be born with Downs, Im saying that the parent should get the choice if they want the child or not (abortion, not giving it up for adoption)
Im happy that there are some people who can handle a child with Downs, but Ive seen many families thats been ruined since the child were born. And those families who cant handle it, just end up giving the child a really unpleasent life with too many struggles.
Requiem1776

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To open Lets first examine the methods used to determine if the fetus has Down Syndrome. The testing done can be broken up into 2 categories: screening and testing. Different Screening methods can be used throughout the pregnancy and none of them are 100% conclusive. For example the popular "Triple screen" (Maternal serum screening) can be done between the 15th and 20th week of pregnancy. It cannot tell you if your baby will have Down Syndrome, just if it is more or less at risk, and it misses all together 40% of the time. Currently no screening method is 100% conclusive. On the other hand we have diagnostic testing , which usually provides 100% conclusive results. For example, Chronic Villi Sampling (CVS) can begin between 10 and 12 weeks. It involves collecting cells from the placenta and examining them for the extra 21 chromosome. This test is 100% conclusive. (Source:The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)) Since screening methods used to detect down syndrome are inconclusive and one must wait until at least the 10 to 12 week mark for conclusive proof of Down Syndrome, this would mean that before anyone could be 100% certain that the fetus does in fact have Down Syndrome, the fetus has developed to the point of having a head, hands, feet, eyes, and bone. Aborting this fetus in essence would look very much like removing a very little person from the mother and approaches the legal 12 week limit in Denmark.

The argument that ending (aborting) the life of this fetus would preserve the the life of the parents is arbitrary. Most studies suggest the families with children who have Down Syndrome lead ordinary lives. A study published on Down Syndrome Education On-line's website took into consideration the effects the member of the family with Down Syndrome had on the family unit. They studied the lives of each member individually (mother,father, and siblings) and as a whole. At the end of there study they determined 70% of familes who have children with Down Syndrome are living normal happy lives and that the 30% who werent were mostly under stresses caused elsewhere, such as the parents experiencing health problems of their own. It has been shown in this very same study as well as others that raising a child with Down Syndrome differs very little from raising a child without it, especially in earlier years.

To end this life before it has a chance to start would be not only be robbing that individual of its life, but also taking away a person who could potentially contribute great things to society. People often don't realize that Down Syndrome dose not mean the individual cannot life a full, happy, healthy, productive life. For example, Alexis Malloy was diagnosed with Down Syndrome, she went on to graduate high school and started a successful business, - A.J Special services, Megan McCormick graduated with honers from a technical school in Kentucky, earning a degree in education, Angela Bachiller was elected as a councilwoman and now works at Ayuntamiento of Valladolid, Spain, Owen Groesser was featured on ESPN for his exceptional basketball talent. All of these people had Down Syndrome and have managed to achieve things the average person does not. (Babble.om - 8 People with Down Syndrome Making Who Are Making History, New Berlin Now - Down Syndrome Doesn't Keep This Business Owner From Success)

For parents to decide to terminate these pregnancies simply due to inconvenience would be an act committed in ignorance of what Down Syndrome is and selfishness. To terminate these pregnancies to save the child of a life of challenges and hardship would be a lie as proven by research and example of lives lead by people who have lived with Down Syndrome.
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