Our Story: camping, hiking, & canoeing the Red River Gorge

James & Juliet at the visitors center located in Red River Gorge

James & Juliet at the visitors center located in Red River Gorge

This post will have many photographs of a camping trip my kids and I took. They are images that many parents can’t imagine when they’re told their child has Down syndrome. Continue Reading

Muhammad Ali and Predictions

Ali's Boyhood Home, Louisville, Ky.

On Friday, June 3, 2016, Muhammad Ali finished his last fight and left us. His life and how he lived it offered many lessons. Here’s one on making predictions about another’s life. 

Continue reading...

Our Story: An Open Thank You Note to My Daughter’s Elementary School

Juliet receiving her certificate for completing elementary school.

I’m of the generation whose mothers made them write thank you notes for gifts received. Consider this an open thank you note to the gift my daughter’s elementary school gave her and us. 

Continue reading...

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

WNYC

Mary 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

ACOG PB 163

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 […]

Continue reading...

Abortion and Down syndrome prenatal testing

deGraaf MA DS

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

Continue reading...

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

Caplan MedScape

  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.

Continue reading...

Our story: Becoming a National Park Service Junior Ranger

Hopewell Culture Sign

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

Continue reading...

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.

Continue reading...