I just want a healthy baby. I think every single prospective parent must utter these words at some point, but it is worth questioning.
One “common sense”, yet false, assumption is that Down syndrome itself is a state of poor health. Then, it goes without saying that the ideal state of affairs would be to get rid of Down syndrome. This is the logic I hear time and time again in news articles, comments, off hand remarks from strangers.
It makes sense, right? Down syndrome comes from the presence of an extra chromosome. That extra chromosome causes the body to malfunction, right? Therefore, Down syndrome IS poor health. So therefore, our goal should be to make sure no one is born with Down syndrome. Wait. Can we slow down? Read the rest of this entry »