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Mother of disabled child: Abortion of handicapped babies ‘impoverishes us all’

From the mother of a child with Down Syndrome:

I hate the thought that there will be fewer people with Down syndrome in the world as a result of advances in prenatal testing. As I’ve written before, it impoverishes us all when we selectively abort babies based upon particular characteristics (gender, for instance, in China and India … disabilities here in America).

But I also hate the thought that mothers of children with Down syndrome think they are alone. Yes, some women choose abortion when they see a karyotype with three 21st chromosomes. But many others choose life.

~ Amy Julia Becker “90% of Babies With Down Syndrome Aborted? Really?” Patheos, June 17, 2011

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