It is being billed as a test "which has the potential to reduce the number of women referred for invasive testing for Down syndrome by 98 percent". It is a test that will "save women from losing normal children just because of a procedure".
New Down Syndrome Test Could Cut Healthy Baby Deaths: Non-Invasive Blood Test Could Eliminate Miscarriage Risk of Amniocentesis
This story was run widely in newspapers, on t.v. and on the internet. News anchors reported the story with enthusiasm. "Exciting!" and "Fantastic!" were just a few of the exclamations heard in the clips.
Amidst all of the excitement, there was little discussion in the news reports about the consequences and implications of the test. (The comments sections on-line are a different story--as anyone who has a personal stake in this issue is already aware).
Our daughters with Down syndrome are real. They are vibrant, beautiful people who are as worthy of life as anyone else. They are people. They are my children. They are my cherished daughters.