The problem with the “problem” of Down Syndrome
The problem is that pregnant women are routinely tested to see if their child has a genetic anomaly for which there is no treatment. Doctors, who can’t stand to do nothing, offer what they can: abortion to get rid of the “problem”. This leads to a vicious cycle; I’ve talked to doctors who are concerned that with fewer Down Syndrome children being born, there is less impetus to do the type of research which could enrich the lives of those who survive the womb for nine months because there isn’t enough demand. Future lack of resources to help parents of Down Syndrome children will only encourage more parents to abort such children in the future.
From a personal family experience, an additional tragedy is that these tests aren’t even 100% accurate. Children are being aborted because of a risk of Down Syndrome, not a certainty. But still, would we kill someone just for having Down Syndrome?
There’s a good discussion between ProWomanProLife authors about the difference between the tools (the tests) versus the mentality (that a disability is a problem for which abortion is the solution).
Ultimately, I think this (as almost everything else with these life issues) goes back to the question of “what is the unborn?” If people rationalize abortion pretending that it doesn’t end a unique human life, then aborting Down Syndrome babies is an unsurprising behaviour. Yet, when people realize that human life begins at conception, abortion suddenly seems like a less palatable solution for most.