In past years, Down Syndrome has become detectable via prenatal screening. While this could help parents prepare to welcome a child with special needs into the world, it often has a much different effect: it leads to the majority of these pregnancies being terminated.
Though life expectancy and chances of having a positive outcome have significantly increased for Down Syndrome individuals, many people still seem to think that having a child with special needs is unbearable. Estimates indicate that 90 percent of babies with Down Syndrome are aborted. In Iceland, that number is close to 100 percent.
For those with Down Syndrome who have already been born, these figures are understandably alarming. And advocates like Frank Stephens are powerfully speaking out about it.