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90% of all Down's Syndrome babies, whose mothers have prenatal testing, are aborted. And now, early testing for all sorts of genetic problems--especially the important ones like whether or not the baby is a boy will bring us to the same place.
India and China have their female genocide. Here's why:
Last year, 20 children were born to the women of Xicun. Sixteen were boys. The year before, 24 were born and 19 were boys. There is a reason for the preponderance of males: In 1999, the medical center that serves Xicun bought a cheap, Chinese-made ultrasound machine that allowed doctors to determine the sex of a fetus. Sex-selective abortions followed. And now the town, like hundreds of others in China, is facing a boom in boys.The West has the Down's Syndrome genocide. And the worst thing is, there are some who will say that is a good thing. Moral depravity is an abstract that doesn't apply in the reality of a person's life.
Recent census figures show that 117 boys are born in China for every 100 girls. Boys are even more prevalent in rural areas, where they are needed to work and eventually inherit the land. (Stephen Shaver - AFP)
Sex-selective abortions, infanticide and significant differences in children's access to medical care are contributing to an increasingly skewed sex ratio in China's countryside, Western and Chinese researchers say. Figures released this year as part of China's census show there are 117 boys born for every 100 girls.
It's going to turn out that the women who don't believe in abortion will have more children and more "defected" children because they won't abort. And then there will be those who abort all but the "perfect" child--the one true second coming for that perfect little aged family.
This phenomenon reminds me of the movie Idiocracy except for the depiction of the "producers". See if you can spot the generaliztions about the "breeders". Yup, we an ign'ant bunch, ya'll. (CAUTION!!! Language Alert! You have been warned!)
Update: As an aside, the article was about parents of Down's kids who want to talk to people considering aborting their baby and encouraging them to keep the Down's baby. Doctors routinely recommend abortion over the challenging work of parenting a special child. I can think of one exception to the "end it" recommendation. When a child is born severely prematurely (22 to 26 weeks), with the likelihood of a difficult life that makes Down's seem easy by comparison, the doctors let it be the "parent's choice". They don't tend to be as opinionated as when there's Downs. Of course, with preemies, there is all the fun technology to save lives (for which I'm grateful--I have my son because of it) even though the outcomes are far more severe. But then Down's can't be ameliorated by medicine. It just is.