I was reading on Wikipedia about Down Syndrome, I was curious as what all information was given. Most of the information was very textbook, kind of what I thought it would be. I also thought, I wish 16 years ago I would have had all that information at my fingertips. As I read on I came to an area titled Abortion Rates...this made my heart sink! Oh I know that many people choose to abort babies with Ds, yet, I still find it very hard to swallow!
Wikipedia...Abortion ratesAbout 92% of pregnancies in Europe with a diagnosis of Down syndrome are terminated. In the United States, termination rates are around 67%, but this varies significantly depending upon the population evaluated. When nonpregnant people are asked if they would have a termination if their fetus tested positive, 23–33% said yes, when high-risk pregnant women were asked, 46–86% said yes, and when women who screened positive are asked, 89–97% say yes
There are a lot of amazing people we are missing in this world!
I'm so thankful that when Arthur and I were ask the question....
"Do you want to abort this baby"....We "BOTH" at the same time said...
"Abortion that's not an option to us!"
We were also blessed to have a doctor who said, "I'm so glad you to hear your answer, you would really be missing out on a blessing if you aborted."
Our family wouldn't be complete without Jonathan, nor would we be the family we are today if he hadn't been born with Ds. I have NO regrets of choosing to have a child with Ds!