Poor Pre-Natal Diagnosis

Every year in the United States, approximately 133,000 pregnant mothers will undergo routine pre-natal tests and receive what is called poor pre-natal diagnosis, or PPD. This means that their infant is afflicted with a chromosomal abnormality or a serious defect in a vital organ. With the increase in genetic testing and fertility treatments there are growing numbers of couples facing these difficult situations. More than 90 percent of these pregnancies end in abortion.

Studies indicate that more than 80 percent of prenatal Down syndrome diagnoses end in abortion. Parents are often influenced by doctors, therapists, friends and family to see these children not as a gift, but rather a burden to be feared and eliminated. After abortion, the fallout from this loss places a tremendous strain on a couple as they struggle to come to terms with the shock and pain of their experience. For more information on this topic go to http://www.rachelsvineyard.org


  1. Jessica Goncalves says:

    I was told that I was at high risk for having a baby with down syndrome when I did the routine blood test. They told me that my risk factor was that of a 40 year old (I was only 28). I don’t remember the exact number that they gave me out of 100, but it was pretty high. They kept insisting that I do the test for down syndrome with the needle and I declined. I was very nervous til the end of my pregnancy of having a child with problems. Needless to say I had a beautiful, and perfectly healthy baby boy who’s only complication was deciding to turn around while I was going into labor and I ended up with a c-section last minute for him being breech… don’t assume that a blood test is accurate with things like that. Get a sonogram from a well known certified doctors office that knows what they are looking for!

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