Oba­macare funds abort­ing Down syn­drome

The Washington Times Daily - - Editorial -

One of the pro­vi­sions in Oba­macare cham­pi­oned by the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity is cov­er­age for pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tions. This is def­i­nitely a pos­i­tive man­date, and many in­cred­i­ble ad­vo­cates have fought to en­sure that in­di­vid­u­als with dis­abil­i­ties are fully in­cluded in our so­ci­ety. As an ad­vo­cate and the fa­ther of a beau­ti­ful daugh­ter with Down syn­drome, I have made it my mis­sion to make sure peo­ple see what a price­less bless­ing chil­dren like my Chloe are.

Af­ter Chloe’s birth, I be­came aware of the 90-per­cent-plus abor­tion rate for chil­dren di­ag­nosed pre­na­tally with Down syn­drome, which is largely the re­sult of the fact that many peo­ple still view these in­di­vid­u­als as “de­fec­tive.” Oba­macare pro­vides fund­ing for abor­tion, the pro­ce­dure be­ing used to ter­mi­nate the ma­jor­ity of chil­dren with Down syn­drome. The re­al­ity many dis­abil­ity ad­vo­cates fail to ad­dress is that only 10 per­cent or less of chil­dren who sur­vive from pre­na­tal to post­na­tal, pre-ex­ist­ing Down syn­drome can ac­cess health care cov­er­age. Why should the dis­abil­ity com­mu­nity be ex­cited about health cov­er­age that funds the in­stru­ment be­ing used to ter­mi­nate 90 per­cent of in­di­vid­u­als di­ag­nosed with a pre­na­tal, pre-ex­ist­ing con­di­tion they claim to cham­pion?

Very rapid ad­vances in ge­netic testing will lead to more pre­na­tal con­di­tions be­ing di­ag­nosed. Will our “in­clu­sive” and “tol­er­ant” cul­ture al­low these in­di­vid­u­als to be tar­geted and elim­i­nated by health care cov­er­age that sup­pos­edly was crafted to pro­tect them? KURT KONDRICH Pitts­burgh

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