Screening Away Down Syndrome

One of the first conditions to be screened for in utero and one of the least severe, Down syndrome is regarded as the “canary in the coal mine” for selective reproduction.
 
In Denmark, where universal Down syndrome screening is available, nearly all families get the test and 95% of those who get a positive test choose to abort. A similar pattern stretches across Western Europe and somewhat in the US. 
 
Ethical and moral questions abound. What does it do to society—and to people with disabilities—to selectively scale back a population with special needs?
 
“Would we be missing a part of our humanity?” asks Laura Hercher, a genetic counselor at Sarah Lawrence College.
 
The Atlantic

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