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Down Syndrome Eugenics

By on 11.21.05 | 6:32PM

For those of you following our society's head-first dive into eugenics (which George Neumayr chronicled in the June issue), don't miss the New York Times' latest on the disabled community's justified fears of what expanded prenatal testing means for them.

One gets the sense that the Times tried to get abortion supporters on record for the story, but failed:

Supporters of abortion are especially wary of wading into a discussion over the ethics of prenatal testing, lest they be seen as playing into the opposing side in the fraught national debate over abortion rights.

In other words, they have no problem with aborting the child because it has Down syndrome -- they just can't say so because it looks bad.

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