A follow-up on my previous post:
The widespread practice of deliberate screening for birth defects is a bad thing.
Now that I've gotten everyone's attention...
No, it is not intrinsically wrong to find out before your child is born that he has Down syndrome. And, yes, such knowledge can be used simply to prepare oneself mentally for the care the child will need, to rally one's support group, and the like.
But let's get something clear: There is nothing that can be done, pre-birth, for the unborn child with Down syndrome that you would not be doing anyway--taking care of yourself, getting good nutrition, and the like.
The widespread practice of administering the bundled triple test to pregnant women has as an undeniable effect an increase in the number of abortions for children suspected to have Down syndrome or spina bifida, especially when follow-up tests confirm the diagnosis. And certainly there are people and groups who mean to use such tests to "prevent" birth defects by preventing the birth of the defective.
While a committed, pro-life mother may choose to have this test for legitimate reasons with no increased likelihood that she will abort her child, the societal effects of the tests--of their widespread availability, and especially of doctors' fear of lawsuits if they do not offer them--are beyond all doubt pro-death and eugenic.
What should we do about this? How can pro-lifers work effectively to reduce government funding for the screening and reduce its acceptability in society?