Almost 95 percent of pre-born infants found to be carrying cystic fibrosis variants in their genetics were aborted, after pre-natal testing, according to a study published by the journal,Genetics in Medicine.
“With two children with cystic fibrosis, I find it heartbreaking that so many wonderful people just like them never have the opportunity to make their mark on the world,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins. “Children like mine are aborted at an even higher rate than children with Down Syndrome, a sad commentary on our culture in which we eliminate the potential sufferer instead of addressing the suffering and responding with support, not death.” (The abortion rate for children with Down Syndrome is 67 percent.)
As Cystic Fibrosis News Today report: “In the study, Australian researchers reviewed the data of 19 previously published studies on diagnostic performance and changes in CF management after testing to better understand the clinical value of prenatal CF screening.” And their findings included the fact that women experienced “significant psychological impact” following their abortions.
“As a parent of children with a genetic condition, I know firsthand the pressure people try to push on you to abort a child considered less than perfect. What’s heartbreaking is how many parents gave in to that pressure rather than embracing the potential in every life,” said Hawkins. “This study illustrates why we need legislation like Indiana’s law championed by Vice President Pence when he was governor. A civil society does not discriminate against life in the womb based on deadly prejudices against a child’s race, sex or perceived abilities.”
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“Students for Life will be talking with our pro-life friends and allies about how to protect children from deadly prejudice in the coming days, as every child deserves a chance to contribute to our world,” said Hawkins. “The practice of genetic discriminatory abortions must end.”