Tuesday, November 25, 2008

More children with Down's syndrome are being born in the UK

according to this report in yesterday's Times Online. It notes that whilst a majority of women who receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down’s Syndrome choose not to have the child, “many are now deciding to give birth.”
Religious beliefs or strong opposition to abortion account for about a third of such decisions, a survey of Down’s Syndrome Association members has found.

About the same number of parents went ahead because they felt that the life chances of Down’s children were better than before, and attitudes towards them had improved. Life expectancy for people with Down’s has risen to about 60. Children have been integrated widely into mainstream schools, and many adults are now in work.

A quarter of respondents said that they had been swayed because they knew people with Down’s or other disabilities. Most also said that they could count on family and friends for support.
Full story here ....