Tests Showing Down Syndrome
It’s common knowledge within the pro-life movement that unborn babies with Down syndrome and other disorders are routinely targeted for abortion. Studies have found about 90 percent of unborn babies who test positive for Down syndrome are aborted, LifeNews previously reported .
However, new research indicates that some of these tests may be wrong. In their earliest stages of life, unborn babies’ bodies have the amazing ability to repair and replace abnormal cells with healthy ones, according to a new study from the University of Cambridge, the Daily Mail reports . The phenomenon may explain why some unborn babies who test positive for genetic disorders like Down syndrome early in pregnancy later are born healthy. Specifically, the chorinoic cillus sampling (CVS), which tests an unborn baby’s cells in the placenta between the 11 th and 14 th weeks of pregnancy, may not give women an accurate picture of their unborn baby’s health, according to the report.
At this stage, unborn babies could test positive for genetic disorders, but, because of their body’s repairing mechanisms, could be born without any problems. This situation occurred with Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, author of the study. According to the report, Zernicka-Goetz had a CVS test when she was pregnant with her second child at age 44. The test showed that as many as one quarter of her unborn son’s cells could be abnormal. Months later, however, her son Simon was born healthy, the report states. Though Zernicka-Goetz did not mention abortion specifically, she was