American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

will begin recommending that every pregnant woman, regardless of age, be offered a choice of tests for Down syndrome. Previously, such diagnostic tests were only recommended for women over the age of 35.

The new guideline is published in the January issue of the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. You can read more about it here.

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9 thoughts on “American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

  1. I’m glad the term “eugenics” was brought up. That’s what it is. I can only hope pregnant women rise to the occassion and say enough is enough. All they have to do, as Rebecca reminds us, is simply say No.

  2. Although it says that it will not create any pressure for terminations, the whole medical establishment creates an expectation for termination as soon as you have tests for DS. I wish they would put as much time, money and energy into promoting positive attitudes towards DS as they do trting to introduce eugenics

  3. I have been waiting for this organization to adopt this recommendation, since I was exposed to the test during its U.S. pilot study. That was six years ago.

    I too think that it will only increase the amnio statistic, as it is only a screening of an ultrasound scan of the nuchal translucency and coupled with the FISH blood test, that will show an increased ‘risk’ but not an actual diagnosis…you still need an amnio for that.

    Eugenics is slowly creeping its way into mainstream medicine.

    Sad, very, very sad.

  4. Hooray for D. And for Miss E. And for you, R. I might have said something unkind, if I had been in your shoes. Your love, and your family’s love, for Miss E is the best response.

  5. They offered D such testing and emphasized on the fact that one would provide her with the risk of having a child with DS.

    The doctor offered the same testing again the last time. I guess that having Miss E along for the visit, and D’s introduction of her as her sister may have prompted this second request.

    She declined.

  6. My first reaction here is dubious. I am glad that for a variety of reasons I eschewed prenatal testing with Eric. There is a lot of pressure on the pregnant woman not only for testing but also for the what-ifs associated with various positive results. For me, not knowing eliminated any inner debate about “what to do about the baby” when the baby is still a fetus and for many people not quite a person.

    I have the sinking feeling that increased testing for women of a variety of maternal ages will inevitably result in a greater number of “therapeutic” abortions, thus moving as you said, Jennifer, toward the standarization of the population.

    Sad. Very sad. I am so very grateful for what I have, and I believe that most parents would be too, given the opportunity.

  7. I find it hard to believe it will cut down on amnios, too. I can’t help but feel sad. Instead of pushing forward, toward diversity and a better understanding of the intrinsic worth of all people, we are moving toward eliminating them completely.

  8. This makes me a little bit wary. I didn’t have a chance to read the link to the article you posted, but I did read an article yesterday. It said this would cut down on the amount of amnios done, somehow I doubt that….I think it will actually increase it. If I understood this correctly the testing that will be offered to every pg woman is still not a diagnostic test, but assessing their risk of having a baby with Ds. So it’s still not going to be able to say for sure if the baby has that extra chromosome or not. So I think more women will then be requesting the amnio to find out for sure.

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