Hmmm

In the UK, at least 5,000 pregnancies a year are terminated after a scan for foetal anomalies. The grief and guilt of parents can endure for years – and they often feel unable to openly discuss their experience
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Abortions are down to 196,082 carried out in 2011, The figures provide a fascinating insight into women’s lives across the two countries – and for those who come here to have the procedure.

8 thoughts on “Hmmm”

  1. “If anything, the taboo around termination for medical reasons has got more, rather than less intense, with views particularly polarised around Down’s syndrome, which accounts for 20% of TFMRs.”

    Alas, two deaths in the family in recent weeks. Both male, aged 50 and 70 respectively. Both cancer. The former was Down’s, arguably one of the most popular lads in the wider family. Would have been a loss to many if he hadn’t existed; but a huge lifetime commitment to his nearest and dearest.

  2. In Iceland there are no Downs babies, the social pressure to terminate is too strong.
    But should social pressure be exerted, one way or another, in what is an intensely personal decision? We know that most marriages do not survive the birth of a disabled child, and nearly always it’s the mother left holding the baby.
    Downs children are probably the least worst burden for parents; they are very sweet natured. Other disabilities such as autism can be much more distressing.

    I hope “society” is not putting a thumb at either end of the scale on my behalf.

  3. But should social pressure be exerted, one way or another, in what is an intensely personal decision?

    If the state / taxpayer foots the bill for the lifetime of care then, yeah, they’re going to get a say.

  4. Theophrastus (2066)

    “they are very sweet natured.”

    Not always. My wife’s cousin was a mong, and she was rage-filled, violent and unpredictable.

  5. Interesting to see the ‘oh the woe, the woe’ in the article on the 5 000 killings, but the clinical detachment on the ‘low’ figure of 196 082.

  6. Why is an inability to “openly discuss the experience” a problem? Is there some rule that says all experiences, particularly the very personal, must be openly discussed?

  7. In Iceland there are no Downs babies, the social pressure to terminate is too strong.

    Given the size of the Icelandic population, I would estimate that the annual Icelandic Downs Syndrome abortion tally is somewhere between 2 and 3, depending on how you round the numbers….

    Does the Icelandic health service publish the actual statistics?

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