With medical science having come so far, a pro-life OB/GYN says there are fewer and fewer excuses for aborting preborn babies.
Not long ago, most doctors would give children with Trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) a death sentence, often advising parents to abort the child because they were unlikely to live long after birth. But that is not necessarily the case now.
Dr. Donna Harrison of the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians & Gynecologists tells OneNewsNow some hospitals are currently treating the condition.
"It's not that you can guarantee that this baby will live a long time, but if you treat the baby, and you treat the baby like you would any other human being who has a medical problem, then some of those babies will live and thrive," Dr. Harrison asserts. "It's just part of being human, that we take care of each other, take care of these babies."
That should also apply to those who are diagnosed with Down syndrome in utero. As of now, most of those children are aborted and not given the chance to live.
"Many people with Down syndrome can work independently. Many of them have a mild cognitive impairment, so it's not the terrible diagnosis that way back in the past people thought," Dr. Harrison explains.
She adds that there are excellent support groups devoted to parents of children with Trisomy 18 and Trisomy 13, and also for those who have a family member with Down syndrome.