"Search and Destroy" - cfDNA

The SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSION to get rid of people with Down Syndrome is alive and well.  A report in "The Canberra Times" 22/9/13 states a new blood test called cfDNA is available in the USA which screens for chromosomal abnormalities. 
Nigel Carter of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said, "As well as your ultrasound scan you would have a fewl mililitres of blood taken for your Down syndrome test".
 
 "It's the sort of procedure that could move from being offered only to mothers at risk, to become a more normal screening procedure".
 Nigel Carter of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute said, "As well as your ultrasound scan you would have a few mililitres of blood taken for your Down syndrome test.  It's the sort of procedure that could move from being offered only to mothers at risk, to become a more normal screening procedure".
You can see that they want the test to be made routine for all pregnant women.  Currently the test for Down syndrome is offered to women who are over 35 years of age, because the risk of having a Down syndrome child goes from 1in 1500 for a 20 year old, to 1 in 800 for a 30 year old, to 1 in 270 for a 35 year old.
 
The Drug company sees big bucks in getting the test subsidised by the Australian Government for all pregnancies.  The article said " A spokesman from the Department of Health said the test could be subsidised under the Medicare Beneftis  Schedule, but no applications to being the test to Australia had been received".   Dr Steven Robson, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Australian National Univesity, said subsidising the test in Australia would give women peace of mind.
 
This is another step in the SEARCH AND DESTROY MISSION to get rid of people with Down Syndrome.  This is a gross misuse of taxpayers' money.  We do not want to pay for search and destroy missions, rather we want to support people with Down Syndrome.  It has been estimated that over 90% of unborn babies with Down Syndrome are aborted.
 
 
 
Dr Katrina Haller LLB.
 

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