Down syndrome screening no longer a recommended preventive service

guide to clinical preventive services 2014Down syndrome screening is no longer listed as a recommended preventive care service by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force. This renders many insurance policies outdated and may avoid instituting an explicitly eugenic policy under the Affordable Care Act.

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New Down syndrome prenatal test not FDA-approved


The newest prenatal test for Down syndrome–non-invasive prenatal screening–is not FDA-approved. It’s not because it doesn’t have to be. But that may change.

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Prenatal screening & probability results for Down syndrome

Dice open source

Odds are good that you don’t understand your prenatal screening probability results for Down syndrome … and neither does your doctor.

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Abortion keeps Down syndrome births stable

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As nonsensical as that headline seems, it’s what’s happening: abortion is keeping the number of babies born with Down syndrome at their historical annual average. This is because we would otherwise be seeing twice as many children born with Down syndrome each year.

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It’s official: Down syndrome is not suffering

From George Takei's Facebook Page, 10/6/13

Richard Dawkins’ tweet on it being immoral not to abort a pregnancy positive for Down syndrome generated many responses. A point of consensus emerged: a life with Down syndrome does not increase suffering. If anything, it increases happiness. 

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More women aborting & continuing Down syndrome pregnancies

Egan et al.

More women than ever are aborting pregnancies positive for Down syndrome. And, at the same time, more women than ever are choosing to continue a pregnancy positive for Down syndrome. 

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How many women have prenatal testing for Down syndrome?

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. 

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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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