Mary Harris’ Only Human on Down syndrome prenatal testing: corrections and appreciation

WNYCMary Harris reported on a woman that launched the search for a prenatal test for Down syndrome. While some key corrections should be made for any future reports, overall, Harris’ is a piece of reporting to be appreciated. Continue Reading

For medical elites, prenatal testing for Down syndrome is to allow for abortion

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The American College of Obstetricians & Gynecologists and the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine have issued new guidelines on the administration of prenatal screening and diagnostic testing. A critical reading of the guidelines makes clear that the justifications given for prenatal testing are limited in the case of Down syndrome to allowing for aborting the pregnancy […]

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Abortion and Down syndrome prenatal testing

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Two developments in the Spring of 2016 have focused on abortion and Down syndrome prenatal testing. 

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Response to Art Caplan: provide ALL the recommended information with prenatal testing for Down syndrome

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  The headline for Art Caplan’s March column for Medscape asked “Disclosing Down syndrome to pregnant patients: must you give an upside?” In it, Caplan raises concerns about recent legislative efforts concerning delivering test results for Down syndrome. His concerns, however, are not based on what those laws actually require.

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Our story: Becoming a National Park Service Junior Ranger

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Here are some photos from our 2016 Spring Break trip and how Juliet and James became Junior Rangers many times over. 

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Eugenics: then and now in the era of prenatal testing for Down syndrome

Prof Paul Lombardo with the historical marker re: Buck v. Bell

Is prenatal testing for Down syndrome eugenics? Let’s compare how eugenics programs were justified in the past with how prenatal testing is currently administered.

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Indiana bans Down syndrome selective abortions

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Well … not exactly. Read to the end to see what the law says, what it actually does, and the problem that it codifies about Down syndrome. 

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The impact of a life with Down syndrome

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What is the impact of a life with Down syndrome? A new study reports on the impact on families and one young woman’s life testifies to the impact a life with Down syndrome can have.  

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What does your cell free DNA screen result for Down syndrome mean?

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This is a question that gets asked at least once a week in a comment to one of the hundreds of posts on this blog: my blood test just came back for Down syndrome–what does it mean? Fortunately, there’s an on-line tool to help understand these results. 

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