Test cuts num­ber of Down’s ba­bies

Yorkshire Post - - NEWS -

HEALTH: The num­ber of ba­bies born with Down’s syn­drome has dropped by a third in hos­pi­tals that have in­tro­duced a test.

Non-in­va­sive pre­na­tal test­ing al­lows par­ents to choose to abort a Down’s syn­drome foe­tus at an early stage, lead­ing to a drop from one in 956 births in 2013 to one in 1,368 in 2017.

How­ever, cam­paign­ers say it forces fam­i­lies to de­cide un­der pres­sure based on stereo­types of chil­dren with the con­di­tion.

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