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Melanie McLaughlin, a Boston documentary filmmaker, decided to continue with her pregnancy after learning daughter Grace, pictured between her two siblings, had Down syndrome. She was convinced after meeting another family raising a child with the condition. Collapse (Courtesy Melanie McLaughlin)

Melanie McLaughlin, a Boston documentary filmmaker, decided to continue with her pregnancy after learning daughter Grace, pictured between her two siblings, had Down syndrome. She was convinced after meeting another family raising a child with the condition. (Courtesy Melanie McLaughlin)

ABC reported Monday at length that Down syndrome births drop as more women abort :
An estimated 92 percent of all women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to terminate their pregnancies… without knowing what it’s like to raise a child with Down syndrome… according to research reviewed by Dr. Brian Skotko, a pediatric geneticist at Children’s Hospital Boston. …  ‘Are they making [abortion decisions] on facts and up-to-date information? Research suggests not, and that mothers get inaccurate, incomplete and sometimes offensive information.’ ”

This cultural pressure to eradicate certain children was specifically addressed by the 2008 Prenatally and Postnatally Diagnosed Conditions Awareness Act authored by U.S. Sen. Sam Brownback to improve  (more…)

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