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 …Continue reading "Science and the Pro-Life Movement ought to be natural allies"
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 …Continue reading "Powerful commercial interests are backing prenatal genetic screening"
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 …Continue reading "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 SPUC—the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children. The Department of Health announced on Saturday that it has approved Non Invasive Pre-Natal Testing for use on the National Health Service which campaigners say will increase the number of abortions for babies with Down syndrome, and have a devastating impact on …Continue reading "The British Department of Health approves roll-out of Non Invasive Pre-Natal Testing (NIPT), despite medics concerns"
By Leticia Velasquez In an age when we value informed consent and patient centered care, it’s a travesty that often the worst informed patient is the mother of a unborn baby with special needs. Everyone she meets in her medical office seems to be telling her what she should do. In what is often a …Continue reading "Women Deserve the Truth about Down syndrome and Pre-natal Testing"
By Nancy Flanders At a routine 10 week ultrasound, Ida Raymond was told something could be wrong with her baby. She and her husband, along with their one year old son, were sent immediately to a different hospital for further testing. But according to Right to Life Michigan, which shares the story on their …Continue reading "Misdiagnosis or divine intervention? Baby given no hope to live, born completely healthy"
By Sarah Terzo From a woman who was being tested to see if her baby had Down syndrome or another handicap; she had been considering abortion if the baby was discovered to be disabled. She’s describing what she saw on the ultrasound: “I was on this incredible high, like I saw the head and …Continue reading "Woman sees ultrasound, realizes she’s pregnant with “a little person”"
By Leticia Velasquez Editor’s note. October is Down syndrome Awareness Month. We will be posting stories, just like this one, all month. In an age when we value informed consent and patient centered care, it’s a travesty that often the worst informed patient is the mother of a unborn baby with special needs. Everyone …Continue reading "Women Deserve the Truth about Down syndrome and Pre-natal Testing"
By Wesley J. Smith Scientists have announced that they are perfecting a maternal blood test that will permit technologists to map the entire genome of the developing fetus. Unlike amniocentesis, which requires the insertion of a needle into the womb to obtain amniotic fluid, the test would come earlier in the pregnancy and put …Continue reading "Love is the Antidote to Prenatal Eugenic Cleansing"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. We had such a warm response to #NeverAlone that it made me think of other posts that remind us how little most parents know when they are told (pre- or post-natally] that their child has a disability. The following, inspired by a message delivered by Msgr. Pope, is a …Continue reading "Msgr. Charles Pope: “Life is Not Always What it Seems”"
By Dave Andrusko The two items are related but not the same. The first is a story that ran Wednesday on NPR celebrating the latest ‘advance’ in diagnosing our unborn children. “Blood Test Provides More Accurate Prenatal Testing for Down Syndrome” is the headline. The latter appeared in the New York Times and is …Continue reading "An unflinchingly honest look at caring for a chronically ill child"
By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. This post appeared in the July 2004 issue of National Right to Life News. Unfortunately the ability to target real/potential/imaginary fetal anomalies has only grown more precise. And because this story is just as fresh (we have two other stories about this today), it is part of our year-long …Continue reading "Grassroots Eugenics"