Interesting post over at Dappled Things regarding a report in the New York Times that states 90% of pregnant women who are told in a prenatal examination that their child has Down's Syndrome go on to have an abortion.
I note that many women who are pro-life choose simply not to have such screening. I am not sure that is wise. With both of my children, I underwent amniocentesis as both would be born after my 35th birthday (Kate at 36, Patrick at 39). I was asked at the time by colleagues whether I would "take the right steps" if I found out there was a chromosomal abnormality. Indeed I would, I replied - I would use that information to seek parents of children with such issues and support groups, to prepare myself to raise a special needs child.
But 90 percent! That must mean that a lot of women who support restrictions on abortion would still have an abortion if they knew the child would have Down syndrome. In the future, it seems, anyone taking care of a child with Down syndrome will be viewed as a saint... or, perhaps, misguided and foolish.