Complicated Counsel

67% of US pregnancies flagged with a chromosomal abnormality are terminated. In Iceland, that number is almost 100%.

With the rise of screening for genetic disorders, the island nation has nearly eradicated Down syndrome births. 80-85% of pregnant women identified as “high-risk” opt for the Combination Test (the age of the mother, an ultrasound and a blood test) to screen for abnormalities. Officials admit that the 3-pronged test yields about 85% accuracy.

“I don’t think there’s anything wrong with aspiring to have healthy children,” says geneticist Kari Stefansson, “but how far we should go in seeking those goals is a fairly complicated decision.”

Source: CBS News

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