Eugenic screening for Down Syndrome and the tangled web that is effecting us all

Cross-posted from TheLeadingEdge Blog

An important news story slipped largely under the radar yesterday.

It concerns a new research paper showing that pregnant women are not being measured and weighed properly (for fear of offending them) and that this is leading to “risks”.

The first risk is pretty straightforward; pregnant women who are carrying extra weight are at increased risk for pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia, gestational diabetes, premature birth, etc.

So obviously misreporting height and weight can mean that these women are not provided the specialist care they need in order to mitigate or manage such issues.

The second ‘risk’ identified in this article is the one that caught my attention.

You see, apparently when a patient is falsely recorded as weighing too little, she is routinely encouraged to have amniocentesis, a prenatal screening test, because a mother who weighs too little is considered to be at greater risk (I HATE that word in this context!) for having a child who has Down syndrome.

The problem is that amniocentesis, when used prior to 15 weeks gestation, has a higher risk of causing miscarriage, which obviously results in the death of the unborn child.

So, effectively, what this new research has revealed is that eugenic prenatal screening, which results in the aborting of the vast majority of persons with Down syndrome in this country, may also be causing the deaths of many other human beings as well.

It’s at moments like this that I am reminded how the embrace of evil usually begets other evils in its wake as well.

The simple truth is that if we stopped our wholesale pursuit of eugenic practices, which target an entire sector of our community based solely on their physical attributes and then dooms the vast majority of those human beings to an untimely death at the hands of an abortionist, then this issue would be largely resolved.

If the end goal was testing which promoted better pregnancy management, rather than testing aimed at opening up a speedy pathway to abortion, then amniocentesis could be carried out later in a pregnancy, when there is far less risk of miscarriage, and this particular issue associated with the false reporting of body weight would no longer be the problem it currently is.

“Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive’ – and surely one of the greatest deceptions of our age is the widely accepted lie that aborting human beings with Down syndrome or other disabilities is a good thing to do, or that it is creating a better world.

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