Human rights defenders against the new method of diagnosis of down syndrome

European human rights advocates have opposed the introduction of a new test for pregnant women, which will help to accurately determine the presence of fetal down syndrome. Human rights activists believe that this will lead to an increase in the number of abortions everywhere.

Previously to determine the presence of such severe genetic disorders like down syndrome, during pregnancy was difficult. The most effective test was almost surgical procedure that could be followed by a complications for the fetus and the mother. It was only in groups of pregnant women at increased risk of birth of a special child, as a rule, these women, women who have already given birth to children with down syndrome and other categories.

In August 2012, several European States have decided to implement the widespread use of a new method for detection of down syndrome in the fetus through blood analysis, and this analysis gives a chance to diagnose the disease at earlier stages of fetal development at week 12. In Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Liechtenstein pregnant already take blood samples to make sure that their child does not have severe violations. But human rights groups have strongly protest this decision, because many women prefer to undergo the process of abortion than give birth obviously sick child that, in their opinion, is contrary to the rights of children with down syndrome to life. The existence of such a syndrome, according to rights groups, not a reason for abortion, such children should be hatched right out, born, and raised by their mothers.

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The complaint demanding a ban of the new test has already been submitted to the European court of human rights. In turn, doctors believe that such a test ban is a violation of the right of the mother to know all about the fruit it bears.

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