I just finished reading a fictional book about a family with a disabled child, the child had a completely different and unrelated disability but at one point someone in the book said that 90% of patients who find out they are carrying a Downs Syndrome child choose to abort. Is that really true? I tried looking it up online but couldn't find any statistics...I'm not wanting some kind of abortion debate here, I'm genuinely curious as to whether anyone knows if this is true or false.Answer Question
Answer by aurorabunny at 1:33 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by JeremysMom at 1:42 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
No idea, but I would hope that it would be false. I hate to think that some actually would do that, but 90% sounds really high.
Answer by Anonymous at 1:42 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by jellyphish at 1:45 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Okay, I found this..... Previously, a Down syndrome diagnosis had to be made with amniocentesis, an invasive and expensive procedure that could result in harm to the developing fetus. Many American women, especially those under 35, elected not to have the test done for this reason. Of those who did, estimates are that roughly 80 percent of those who found out their child would have Down syndrome elected to terminate the pregnancy.
Wow, I really didn't think it would be that high.
Answer by JeremysMom at 1:46 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by aurorabunny at 2:00 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by jellyphish at 2:06 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by KnoxvilleDoula at 2:49 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by BonnieboBonnie2 at 5:56 AM on Mar. 21, 2009
Answer by MythicMMM at 10:18 AM on Mar. 21, 2009