More Down’s Births Despite Testes

Down’s syndromeFigures show that number of babies born with Down’s syndrome is on increase though pre-natal screening has become widespread.

In 1989 when tests came in, there were 717 cases, while in 2006 there were 749 Down’s births in the UK.

To discover why the parents pressed ahead with a pregnancy despite a positive test results, the Down’s syndrome Association included 1000 parents in their survey.

A fifth told that they knew someone with Down’s, according to a third religious or anti-abortion beliefs were the cause and 30% seemed to believe that life had improved for people with Down’s.  While one out five said that they just didn’t believe the results of these tests.

Most respondents told that they were supported by their family and friends and thought that the future was far better for people with Down’s syndrome.

The respondents pointed to a greater acceptance of what it means to be different as well as to integrated education.

Down’s syndrome Association’s chief executive Carol Boys says that the survey results show that changes in society are influencing people greatly.

“We had over babies in a very different world and people with Down’s syndrome were treated quite differently,” she added.

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