In the agonizing months leading up to this year's election, there was a lot of talk about under what circumstances, exactly, a woman should be able to have an abortion. Surveys of American political opinion consistently paint a picture of a population that is much more comfortable with the idea of abortion if women are having them for "good" reasons — her life is in danger, she was raped, she was a victim of incest. But people get slightly less comfortable with the idea of abortion when it comes to parents choosing to terminate a fetus because tests show it would grow into a child with a disability.
This has been an especially fraught issue in the Down Syndrome community. The latest dustup has been over the contents of a pamphlet issued to women after a positive prenatal DS diagnosis.According to blogger Matthew Hennessey, a battle over testing, abortion, and what information should be given to expectant mothers is forcing people who should by all rights be on the same team to battle one another.
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