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Aborting The Facts On Down’s Syndrome

DOWN births increase in a caring Britain,” says the Times.

More mothers are choosing to keep their babies when diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome,” says the Mail.

“Children’s quality of life is better and acceptance has risen,” says The Mirror

Elsewhere in the Times, Minette Marrin notes:

Actually, the proportion of pregnant women who choose to abort their foetuses when antenatal screening has detected Down’s syndrome has remained constant since screening started, at about 91%. Also the number of Down’s abortions has tripled since 1989. The total number of babies born with Down’s each year has indeed increased since then, but not by much

So what of the headline-making research? Ben Goldacre says:

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Posted: 30th, November 2008 | In: Reviews | Comment