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Sources for Pro Life Essay
Question from A high school student on 08-01-2013:

All seniors at my catholic school (Seton school) are required to write a pro life audio essay for a pro life speech contest. I chose to do my speech on therapeutic abortions (especially ones related to Down Syndrome). I've found a lot of people tossing their opinions around on blogs and a few opinion articles from newspapers, but nothing statistical/non-opinionated. I did find a statistic quoted by several people claiming that 90% of all children with down syndrome are aborted, but I couldn't find the original study anywhere. Do you know of any sources that could help me?

Answer by Judie Brown on 08-01-2013:

Dear Student

Here are links to actual studies indicating the high rate of Down syndrome abortion:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10521836?dopt=AbstractPlus

and

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/w_ParentingResource/down-syndrome-births-drop- us-women-abort/storynew?id=8960803

and

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2008/09/down-syndrome-and-abortion- rates/#.UfsxNb_Umto

Judie Brown



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