LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Obamacare funds aborting Down syndrome

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One of the provisions in Obamacare championed by the disability community is coverage for pre-existing conditions. This is definitely a positive mandate, and many incredible advocates have fought to ensure that individuals with disabilities are fully included in our society. As an advocate and the father of a beautiful daughter with Down syndrome, I have made it my mission to make sure people see what a priceless blessing children like my Chloe are.

After Chloe’s birth, I became aware of the 90-percent-plus abortion rate for children diagnosed prenatally with Down syndrome, which is largely the result of the fact that many people still view these individuals as “defective.” Obamacare provides funding for abortion, the procedure being used to terminate the majority of children with Down syndrome. The reality many disability advocates fail to address is that only 10 percent or less of children who survive from prenatal to postnatal, pre-existing Down syndrome can access health care coverage. Why should the disability community be excited about health coverage that funds the instrument being used to terminate 90 percent of individuals diagnosed with a prenatal, pre-existing condition they claim to champion?

Very rapid advances in genetic testing will lead to more prenatal conditions being diagnosed. Will our “inclusive” and “tolerant” culture allow these individuals to be targeted and eliminated by health care coverage that supposedly was crafted to protect them?

KURT KONDRICH

Pittsburgh

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