How many women have prenatal testing for Down syndrome?

Sequenom's MaterniT21, et al., booth

Sequenom’s MaterniT21, et al., booth

A recent study calculated how many women in the United States have prenatal screening for Down syndrome. It’s a growing number. Continue Reading

An invitation to Richard Dawkins: come meet my daughter

Richard Dawkins Twitter profile pic

Richard Dawkins, in his words, “let slip the dogs of Twitterwar” yesterday with a tweet about Down syndrome, abortion, and morality. That tweet and his response since, demonstrates he is profoundly ignorant about Down syndrome. So, Prof. Dawkins, you’re invited to meet someone with Down syndrome to cure that ignorance.

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Down syndrome prenatal testing should not be a public health prevention program

Fig. 1 from Collins et al. (2008)

David A. Savitz, in an editorial commenting on the study showing Down syndrome is disappearing in Victoria, Australia, says prenatal testing should be used to eradicate Down syndrome due to widespread acceptance of selective abortion. He’s not quite right.

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Is Down syndrome a disappearing birth defect?

Fig. 1 from Collins et al. (2008)

Based on their study of Down syndrome births and terminations in Victoria, Australia over a 19 year period, the study authors’ asked whether Down syndrome is disappearing. The answer is “no … not yet.”

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Intensified prenatal testing urgently needed to bring cases of Down syndrome to nil

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American researchers identify “urgent global opportunities to prevent birth defects.” Guess what is included in the list of birth defects to be prevented (and how)?

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Down Syndrome Prenatal Screening: Bad Medicine & Unethical

Still from Bon Jovi's "Bad Medicine" video

A Scottish doctor considers Down syndrome prenatal screening bad medicine and a survey of British hospital ethics committees finds it unethical.

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What are national advocacy organizations doing about the high termination rate for Down syndrome?

Hennessy Response

Monday, Matthew Hennessy wrote about my posts covering the reasons a pamphlet was created when the identified resource had already been established. But his critique is off target.

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Which is the harder choice after a prenatal diagnosis: continuing or terminating?

Gammy (photo from report at The Age National)

A recent news story presents the question all expectant mothers receiving a prenatal test result for Down syndrome will have to answer for themselves: which is the harder choice, continuing the pregnancy or terminating it?

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How a pamphlet did not provide information to expectant mothers

Sequenom's MaterniT21, et al., booth

The development and re-development of Global Down Syndrome Foundation’s (GDSF) pamphlet for expectant mothers (which covers prenatal testing options and the basics about Down syndrome) has deprived women of professionally recommended information about Down syndrome for years.

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