A test is in the works which will identify Down syndrome earlier in pregnancy. This is great news for parents. For those that would make the choice to abort the earlier timeline means an easier procedure.
And for parents who choose to carry to term it means no risk of miscarriage. Some women choose not to get tested at all since they would carry the pregnancy anyway. For these women the test represents a way to be fully informed and have to become educated and set up support systems before the birth.
While it used to be assumed that children with Down’s syndrome had no ability to learn or to integrate into society, through the efforts and advocacy of parents and support workers this attitude has changed and now many children with Down’s are managing well.
Of course there are many degrees of severity and not all are so lucky.
Though some have raised the spectre of eugenics with this test it simply replaces invasive technologies already available.