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Screen All Pregnancies for Down Syndrome, Doctors Say - New York Times

Posted Nov 18 2008 12:16am

Screen All Pregnancies for Down Syndrome, Doctors Say - New York Times: "But now the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists is recommending Down syndrome screening for all pregnant women, regardless of their age."

I think this is overkill ! I can understand how it would benefit all gynecologists ( more work for them to do , and more fees to charge !); but I am not sure how helpful this would be to pregnant women. What about the emotional cost of worrying about false positive results ? What about the trauma caused as a result of terminating normal fetuses because of an inaccurate report ? Why aren't these being considered ?

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