lead to the discrimination of the disabled? You decide.
The abortion of a fetus due to “serious physical or mental defects” is prohibited under Spanish statute, but a recent report found that even with these laws, 94.5% of such pregnancies are terminated. The birth of children with Down syndrome in Spain over the past fifteen years has been cut in half from 1 in 600 live births to 1 in 1,000. Has the Spaniard’s insatiable quest for perfection contributed to the increased incidence of abortion of the disabled?
Is it logical to consider such actions discrimination of disabled persons and therefore a criminal offense, or is it simply a woman’s right over her body? This report set off a fury within the Catholic Church and given an age old debate new significance.
Director Miguel Cruz of the Fudacion Vida in Spain called this “a silent and dramatic paradox” and he surmises that persons with Down syndrome are in danger of extinction. Spain is not alone.
Women around the globe are choosing to terminate their pregnancies once prenatal tests reveal a child has Down syndrome. In the United States, the Down syndrome termination rate is 92% - 1 in 733 children are born with the syndrome. Similar statistics are reported for France, Canada, and England.
Although, Down syndrome is the most common chromosomal anomaly, the high incidence of abortion in western countries is startling and disturbing. The facts show, that most children born with Down syndrome are born to parents who received the diagnosis postnatal.
What is it about children with special needs that’s so awful or scary that women are opting for such dramatic measures?
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