By Anne Fox, President of Massachusetts Citizens for Life
Reading about the babies who are aborted because prenatal tests showed they might have Down Syndrome makes you weep. Reading this latest analysis of numbers in Massachusetts will make you angry!
Dr. Brian Skotkin from Massachusetts General Hospital and others have published the data. In recent years, through prenatal testing and selective abortion, Massachusetts is experiencing a reduction rate of 49% of all live births of children with Down syndrome. The authors' previous paper estimated the national reduction rate at only 30%. That means in Massachusetts, we are aborting babies with Down syndrome at a 67% higher rate than the country as a whole!
The very informative graph shows that the absolute number of babies born in the state with Down syndrome has stayed pretty constant over the years while the number of babies aborted has skyrocketed.
Something important which I did not see addressed is the cumulatively large increase in pregnancies where the baby has Down syndrome; more, I think, than would be explained by population increase or age of the mother.
One has to wonder if "reproductive technology" is adding to the number of such babies conceived with Down syndrome. Another possible explanation is that the authors seem to have assumed that all babies aborted because of a diagnosis actually have Down syndrome. Since some don't, this would mean the total number is artificially raised. What also is not mentioned are the parents who have refused to abort and whose babies were born without Down syndrome.