Welsh Mothers Of Babies With Down's Syndrome Speak Out Against Prenatal Screening.


When the Welsh Government confirmed last year that it would become the first part of the UK to introduce non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) within its antenatal screening programme, it did so without consulting people with Down's syndrome and their families, or considering what impact it could have on their communities.

Now, the Welsh Government is having to defend itself against accusations that it is trying to eliminate people with the condition from society.

"They want to make part of the human race extinct"
Mothers interviewed by ITV Wales, questioned the thinking behind the test and said they feared that the test will lead to more babies with Down's syndrome being aborted. Their views is in line with that of Don't Screen Us Out Campaign, which achieved a high media profile when the issue was being debated in England.

Tanika Bartlett-Smith, mother of Leo, says there's more to NIPT than simply offering parents the choice of a "safer" test. "Choice is good, what frightens me a lot is that this isn’t a choice being offered to be people with information on how well children with Down syndrome develop, the normal life they live," she said. "This choice I think it is very much directed towards eliminating Down Syndrome, it’s almost like they want to make part of the human race extinct."

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