Pro-Life FDA? Agency Says Prenatal Tests ‘Often False’

By Tierin-Rose Mandelburg  On April 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a statement regarding non-invasive prenatal screening tests (NIPS) — news flash, they don’t work.  NIPS tests are used to check if babies in utero have genetic abnormalities. Typically, the tests use a sample of blood from the pregnant mother and the results indicate a …

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When terrified mothers are let down by their doctors

Women often don’t know how to interpret prenatal diagnostic tests — and make terrible decisions. By Ann Farmer When faced with a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome — a 37-week scan showing a hole in her baby’s heart—41-year-old Tracy Seager was urged by doctors to have an abortion. However, Tracy had been born with a …

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Non-invasive prenatal testing is becoming a growth industry

By Michael Cook A fascinating article in the journal Annual Reviews examines the uptake of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in Australia, Canada, China and Hong Kong, India, Israel, Lebanon, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and the United States. NIPT one of the world’s fastest-spreading genetic technologies. The global market was US $3.9 billion in 2019 …

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Science and the Pro-Life Movement ought to be natural allies

By Leticia Velasquez Editor’s note. October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. Leticia, who has written many times for NRL News Today, is co-founder of KIDS (Keep Infants with Down Syndrome), and author of “A Special Mother is Born.”  During the media circus surrounding the confirmation hearings of now Justice Brett Kavanaugh hearings, I attended the …

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Powerful commercial interests are backing prenatal genetic screening

How much will parents pay for the perfect baby or a baby of the right sex? By Philippa Taylor, Head of Public Policy, Christian Medical Fellowship The UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics is warning that a new screening test for pregnant women, Non-Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPT), which is due to be rolled out next year …

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UK report on prenatal testing calls for ban on sex disclosure

By Michael Cook A new report by the UK’s Nuffield Council on Bioethics, “Non-invasive prenatal testing: ethical issues,” has probably pleased no one by trying to steer a course between banning abortions for sex-selection and allowing abortions for the most common kind of foetal abnormalities. Non-invasive Prenatal Testing [NIPT] is a major breakthrough. It uses a …

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Prenatal testing done in Hong Kong allows Chinese couples to easily evade law against sex determination tests

Editor’s note. This comes from Women’s Rights Without Frontiers. Citing a new report that laws meant to prevent sex-selective abortion are easily evaded by couples who do not want daughter, Women’s rights activist Reggie Littlejohn has renewed her call for an end to China’s coercive population control regime. “The Chinese government has been lauded by …

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Dutch Health Minister: “If freedom of choice results in a situation that nearly no children with Down syndrome are being born, society should accept that”

Editor’s note. This comes from our friends at SPUC–the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. Last week, members of the Dutch opposition party asked Minister of Health Edith Schippers, if she planned to take any measures to prevent the near elimination of babies with Down syndrome which has happened in other countries. NIPT The …

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Biotechnology Company seeks to profit from search-and-destroy technology for babies with Down’s syndrome

By Dr. Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. Over the weekend the British government approved a new test for pregnant women that will make it much easier to detect and destroy …

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