Downer Technology

My niece has Down syndrome, but she also has a great personality and room full of gymnastics medals.  Maybe that’s why I find something sad, and something small, about all the articles today cheerleading new detection technology for Down syndrome.  Here’s a typical example:

It is possible to accurately detect if a child will be born with Down Syndrome in the first trimester of pregnancy with non-invasive methods, a survey by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has found. This might make terminating such a pregnancy earlier possible, minimizing the risk of medical complications for the woman.

Since prenatal diagnosis overwhelmingly leads parents to abort (at a 90% rate in Germany, for example), better diagnosis will just mean more senseless killing.  The pro-abort groups just can’t get beyond the gee-whiz convenience of it all.