News: The corporate arms race for a better Down syndrome prenatal test

Tarot CardsOver at the News page, there is an epic take down of efforts to develop a Down syndrome prenatal test based on a urine sample.Continue Reading

Where Hope Grows: a role for Down syndrome


Where Hope Grows, a film that opened on May 15, 2015, shows there is a role for Down syndrome in this world.

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ISPD: not that serious of a concern after all

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Over at the Prenatal Information Research Consortium (PIRC) blog I have a post noting the “sea-change” in the International Society for Prenatal Diagnosis’ position on noninvasive prenatal screening. Here are a few other notes from the ISPD’s updated statement on NIPS.

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Where Hope Grows: National Premiere this Friday

Official still from #wherehopegrows, used with permission

It’s getting hot outside and the summer blockbusters are rolling out. Make plans to go see Where Hope Grows when it premieres this Friday, May 15, 2015 at a theater near you.

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Happy Mother’s Day: Thank you for believing

Juliet, on the day she was born

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you to all the moms for believing in their children.

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NIPS: 3 babies with Down syndrome born & 2,432 more selective abortions


A study of noninvasive prenatal screening’s (NIPS) impact on clinical practice has found it may increase misdiagnoses and risk of miscarriage. And that’s not all.

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Killing costly babies is “reasonable” says noted bioethicist


In the same week that thirty years ago a doctor advised the parents of Baby Doe to let him die because he had Down syndrome, a noted bioethicist said that some babies should instead be actively killed to save the rest of us money.

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Our story: the innocence of acceptance


Last week on Spring Break, James taught me a lesson on acceptance of others, without even meaning to. 

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A sick, unethical cycle: prenatal testing for Down syndrome

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So many items have cropped up in the past two weeks that here is a listing of all this news about Down syndrome prenatal testing. They lead to a sad conclusion.

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