There has been some interesting blogs going around objecting to Saving Downs using the term “eugenics” in relation to antenatal screening for Down syndrome. So, what’s really going here and how did we arrive at a government-funded eugenics programme in New Zealand in 2010?
Firstly, I should clarify that we use the term “screening” in the broad sense, applying to both screening to determine the chance of Down syndrome for the unborn child and diagnostic testing to confirm Down syndrome (albeit without complete certainty). When this technology is used for life affirming care for the unborn child and the parents, then that is antenatal health care and we support that.
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