Having just seen this article I am interested in people’s reactions. For example this test will be more accurate than the current one providing greater certainty of knowledge.
However “Down syndrome experts fear that non-invasive tests will eliminate Down syndrome children, even though a recent survey shows that nearly 99% of people with Down syndrome are happy with their lives”
Statements such as this are always interesting. What surprises me is that people talk of eliminating DS children, even though no children are eliminated. It is only an embryo that is aborted, not a child. Moreover people with DS are people and no one is suggesting that we kill people, only that a foetus can be aborted if the parents so wish.
If anything the fact that 99% of people who have DS are happy suggests that parents should not be penalised for carrying an embryo with the condition to term. But it is disingenuous to talk of eliminating children when abortion applies to foetus and embryos, not to existing people.
Sam Walker (PhD Student)