Do you support giving birth to child with Down’s syndrome? 80% of all women and 50% of men do.

9 years ago

I have never been one of those women who thought life
without child is incomplete, but lately I have been having second thoughts. I
certainly love children, and have three nephews and nieces with whom I get
along so well that I am the coolest aunt for them. But by now, almost all my
friends have had their first child. It is likely that by the time I settle down
with a life partner, I will be creeping close to ceiling age limits for having
a child. My biggest fear then would be what if the docs fail to detect issues
in pregnancy that could possibly lead to a child with genetic issues? Now I
know that life can serve you many things… including becoming disabled later in life even
if you are born healthy… I am ok dealing
with that, but I am just not ok dealing with knowingly bringing out someone who
may not have a complete life.

 

But my strong opinion here were shaken a little bit
recently to the point of almost. I recently posted this opinion on Minekey, a place for you to post your
opinions and get instant feedback from the community (controversial opinion
certainly get more limelight!). My opinion was “I do not support giving birth to a
child with Down's Syndrome. He/she will never have a normal independent life
anyway.
” I got 450 votes and 38% disagreed with it with some very strong comments here… many people who
commented on this board had indeed worked with children with Down’s Syndrome
and spoke form experience – and talked about how much potential these children
have. But what’s more interesting was
the divide between men and women on this topic. Almost 80% of all women who voted on this opinion
had disagreed, but surprisingly only 50% of men had agreed
… hmmmmm. Now that was very interesting stats for me. So
men and women do indeed think differently on Pro-Life subjects??? If you would like to have a look at the how
men and women voted, you can click here.

 

I am certainly reconsidering my opinion. Based on so many
other people’s feedback and stories I think it was an eye opener for me about
how much of a normal life some of the children’s with genetic issues can lead.
I also think that life is not black or white. Perhaps without being pregnant myself,
I cannot speak aloud about what actions I might take if caught in same
situation.

 

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