On Slippery Slope To Eugenics
Screening on slippery slope to eugenics
By Garth George
Back in February this year, the Government instituted the “Antenatal Screening for Down Syndrome and Other Conditions – Quality Improvements” programme.
This programme, which received but cursory mention in the press, was introduced by the Ministry of Health following advice from the ministry’s National Screening Unit without, according to pro-life sources, any public consultation.
In this newspaper it was presented simply as “an expanded, safer screening programme to detect Down syndrome during pregnancy” and the report quoted the Health Ministry as saying that its review of the screening was not about reducing the number of babies born with Down syndrome.
However, pro-life sources tell me cabinet papers they have obtained under the Official Information Act state the outcomes of the programme will be a reduction in the number of births of babies with Down syndrome, with some 90 per cent of unborn children diagnosed with the condition being aborted.