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Indiana Bans Abortion if Fetus Has Down Syndrome

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The new bill transcends medical, moral, and legal boundaries.

Down syndrome, a randomly occurring genetic disorder present in about 8.5 million individuals across the world, often causes a lifestyle change that many people are not ready to deal with.

While having a child with Down syndrome likely means a lifetime of increased care, specialized education, limited employment prospects, and many obstacles along the way, children or family members with disorders is one of the most humbling and often uplifting ways to teach us the depth of our own humanity, pushing us to the furthest bounds of love and back again.

Statistically, most parents around the globe choose to abort pregnancies if the fetus is diagnosed with Down syndrome; otherwise, there is a 50/50 chance of miscarriage or stillbirth.

Now, a new bill signed by Indiana Governor Mike Pence would ban mothers and parents from seeking abortions specifically in the case of defects or disabilities, such as detecting Down syndrome in utero.

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According to the Pew Research Center, the American attitude towards abortion is shifting to be more pro-life, though the opinion varies regionally.

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As per their March 2016 statistics, the Pew Research Center reports that 51% of American adults agree that abortion should be legal in all or most cases, whereas 43% say it should be illegal all or most of the time.

In cases of Down syndrome, about 67% of Americans terminate pregnancies, although 89-97% of women who screen positive for fetuses with Down syndrome say that they would get an abortion.

In spite of the development of new tests that help diagnose Down syndrome in utero, the number of babies born with the disorder in the United States has increased to about 6,000 each year.

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Over the past 30 years, such prenatal diagnosis tests have increased and improved dramatically. Pregnant mothers in developed countries are urged to test for genetic disorders in the fetus while going for regular screenings. Although different tests have different levels of accuracy, they include ultrasounds and blood tests, often combined into triple or quad tests to verify findings.