European countries are discriminating against unborn babies with Down syndrome in massive numbers.
A new report from the Catholic News Agency estimates that the number of babies born with Down syndrome dropped by approximately 50 percent in just four years.
The drop did not occur because these unborn babies never existed; it happened because they were diagnosed in the womb and then killed in abortions.
The disturbing numbers come from a December 2020 study in the European Journal of Human Genetics. According to CNA, between 2011 and 2015, the number of babies born with Down syndrome dropped 54 percent in the United Kingdom, 83 percent in Spain and 71 percent in Italy.
The overall average was about 50 percent across Europe, according to the report.
In late December, The Telegraph reported more about the study’s findings, including the estimate that about 90 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome in the United Kingdom are aborted. The researchers said the problem is getting worse with the increased availability of non-invasive prenatal screening tests, or NIPS.
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Recent reports in The Atlantic and CBS News also explored the eugenic trend of aborting unborn babies with Down syndrome. They found that nearly 100 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted in Iceland, 95 percent in Denmark and 77 percent in France.
The abortion rate is approximately 67 percent for unborn babies with Down syndrome in the U.S. – though data is scarce and the number likely is higher.
The deadly discriminatory trend has attracted the attention of disability rights advocates as well as pro-lifers.
In England, Heidi Crowter, 25, who has Down syndrome recently joined several other individuals in filing a lawsuit challenging a British abortion law that allows exceptions for late-term abortions on unborn babies with disabilities. CNA reports the High Court of England and Wales agreed to hear the discrimination case in October.
The deadly problem is pervasive, and some of the discrimination comes from the medical community. Parents frequently report feeling pressured to abort unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disabilities. One mom recently told the BBC that she was pressured to abort her unborn daughter 15 times, including right up to the moment of her baby’s birth. Another mother from Brooklyn, New York said doctors tried to convince her to abort her unborn son for weeks before they took no for an answer.
A recent study highlighted in Scientific American found evidence that families of children with Down syndrome often face negative, biased counseling and pressure to have abortions.