Iceland: nearly 100% of Down syndrome babies terminated
Published on: 24/08/2017
Some women who have refused to have prenatal screening and others whose screening test returned a false negative continue to give birth to Down syndrome children, but this sum up only to 1 or 2 a year. The others are all aborted.
This is happening, as CBSN observes, even though “Many people born with Down syndrome can live full, healthy lives, with an average lifespan of around 60 years.”
"It reflects a relatively heavy-handed genetic counseling," says Kari Stefansson, the founder of deCODE Genetics, a world-renowned genetics database. "And I don't think that heavy-handed genetic counseling is desirable. … You're having impact on decisions that are not medical, in a way."
He went on to say, "I don't think there's anything wrong with aspiring to have healthy children, but how far we should go in seeking those goals is a fairly complicated decision."
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