Down Syndrome

An end to Down syndrome in New Zealand?

Shannon Roberts | 17 December 2012

Testing for Down syndrome is now routine in New Zealand - something which you opt out of, rather than opt to have.  That means that less and less of children with Down syndrome are being born.  Is that what the government hopes to achieve by funding a routine test?  Perhaps not, but that is certainly the effect and the implication to a young mother – it is certainly how I felt when I was asked if I wanted the test earlier in the year.

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