My mom saved this article for me because she knows how much I used to love working with Down’s Syndrome children when I lived among the land of the gainfully employed. I find this trend so sad because nearly every parent of a child with DS would tell you what a blessing they have been. Difficult-yes, but so much joy also. Thankfully I read another article that in West Michigan a majority of women either refuse testing or decide to continue their pregnancy despite negative results. I know this is a touchy subject, but it breaks my heart that anyone would decide to end a pregnancy because the raising of that child will be difficult. What are the guarantees for any child? I think we are naive to think some test done while a baby is in the womb will predict how difficult our children will have it in life. There are a million different things that can go wrong in their 18 years under our care and a million more after they leave home.
I have chose not to have any testing with any of my children, but I know that whatever child God sees fit to bless me with will be treasured from the minute it is conceived. I think we are sliding down a slippery slope with all this testing and genetic manipulation. I worry as we all strive for “perfect” children we are teaching the children we have a poor lesson in what it means to care for “the least of these.”
I’m climbing off, but I would love to know your thoughts.