ANSWERS: 38
  • The real question is, would you allow a baby with a disorder like that to live it's life and possibly suffer or end it?
  • I've seen and known lots of people with Down Syndrome. Some seem really happy people. Should we just start to eliminate all of them too?
  • I would AND would prefer to be myself aborted rather than live with a condition like that.
  • One of our employees and his wife just went through the same emotionally gut-wrenching trauma. They found out on Wednesday that their baby had Down's Syndrome, along with all kinds of other complications. They chose to end the pregnancy, although, "chose", in this case, doesn't really describe their decision. It was more like they did the best thing for her health and their emotional well-being, but it was hard. Surreal. One minute he was working, the next, faced with a life and death decision about the life of another human being. Having seen and heard about what they went through, I would most likely terminate the pregnancy. There are sound medical reasons why doctors terminate 93% of these types of pregnancies. I suspect in many cases, the baby would die in the womb, anyway. Whatever the circumstances, they're heartbreaking - always. No easy solutions. Nobody walks away feeling good.
  • I know what it's like to lose a baby. It's the first thing you think about when you wake up, and the last thing you think about when you go to sleep. You look at other pregnant women who are about the same gestation as you would've been, it hurts tremendously -- while wanting to spit fire in their face. So I know, but in spite of that I'd have to say ''yes''. Doctors can and do make mistakes about these things -- but I think I'd take their word for it after a second, third, fourth and fifth opinion! I'm sure people with Downs Syndrome have happy lives most of the time... but I wouldn't want to go through that. While some people are prepared to take on babies with learning difficulties, not many are -- and I wouldn't condemn a child to a life drifting through the care system.
  • Years ago I would have. Now that I am older, not that I would want a child, but if I found I was preganant I would have it. Life is precious to me.
  • Abort it would mean that you would illiminate any suffering that they would have in their lifetime. That also means killing any chances that they had at happiness. This is an extremely hard situation, but any life is a precious life. ~+~
  • I think that it would be the best thing to do for the child and parent in the long-run, though, it would still be very hard.
  • Surely, the 'real' answer is who do we think we are? Life and death are not really ours to decide. With advanced science we expand our knowledge and our 'choices'. We do not know what we are destroying/refusing when life gives us an opportunity to be bigger than we think we are. I would prefer not to know in advance and then to be given (or find) the strength to deal with wahtever I am given. Only the best are tested. Who is 'perfect' anyway? And som people abort as an alternative to contraception. Who do we 'think' we are?
  • Wow, That is a very tough question. I do not know if I could be responsible enough to handle a child with downs syndrome, nor if I could carry a pregnancy to term and then give the baby for adoption, but not sure if I could abort the baby either. That is a decision that would have to be made if it would have to be made along with my husband.
  • I would definitely have the baby. I would have a baby no matter what. I don't believe I have a right to decide to kill somebody. I know enough about people with Down syndrome and I met some personally. I saw there is no reason why they cannot have a fulfilling life and bring also joy to others. Many are much more independent than most people think. With proper care, and there is lots of proper care out there btw, they can have beautiful lives.
  • I think life is hard enough when a person has all their falculties intact. I also believe that the disorder comes about becuase of a defect in the egg or sperm cell. A manufacturing error if you will. In my opinion I think it is cruel to force a living being to live a life destined for pain and loneliness. We shoot horses to put them out of their misery and yet we still cant find it in our heart to relieve or prevent human suffering
  • Not for Down syndrome. I have a Down Syndrome brother, and he has a happy life and been part of our family for fifty years. But for really severe malformation, yes I would.
  • Hell yeah.
  • tough question but i'd keep it anybody who wouldn't, sad to say but it's their choice. it's not like it's emotionally easy for either side of this situation
  • If I had a child with a disability I would keep the child. The majoritie of children with disabilities can live a good life. It almost the same as the old days putting people with disability in instutions alway from sociality. Now people end thier life before they beginn. Would you end Mozart because he had deafness in his family and had a high chance of been deaf. Would you have turn off the oxegn of Steve Wonder when you find out he was blind And you would have never discover Hellen Kaller great ability. What about Tour lu Trouces The french artist. What about Christy Brown who wrote my left foot with his left foot the only part of his body he could control.
  • A down syndrome baby would not phase me; it is a condition that we know a lot about and life expectancy is good etc. A severe disability is a completely different issue; my cousin was told that her unborn child had a heart defect, the heart wasn't forming properly and it was an hereditary condition that meant she herself needed screening. My cousin died suddenly a few months later of the same heart condition - the day before her tests were due. In her position the only sensible thing to do was to terminate the pregnancy - the baby would not have survived without machines and was never going to have a quality of life you would want for a child and her own life would have been at risk; albeit she died anyway. Statistics can be made up on the spot - individual circumstances cannot be accounted for in numbers. Neither can anti-abortionists ever convince me that termination is never right.
  • I would have the baby. I couldn't manage killing anyone.
  • No, I've known too many charming kids with it and wouldn't miss giving a baby the chance to enjoy life in some way, even with the difficulties the families faced. All the families I have known say it was worth it.
  • I do not pick and choose who comes in to this world. I do not tell others to believe or do as I say. I have worked with severely disabled and or mentally handicapped people. They are beautiful in their own right...I would never wish they were not born....
  • I want to say that I wouldn't, BUT I'm not 100% sure of that answer. That's as honest as I can be.
  • Hmmm it depends. Almost all parents of downs children will split up, and in coping classes they used to be told this (I dunno if they still are). In any case, I know of one person with downs coupled with autism. To be honest I think it has ruined her life. She is shut in her house alot of the time, she can't work as she is now single, her son cannot hold a conversation, constantly asks for the same things over and over. She has to sing christmas carols to him every single night. Enough to drive anyone potty. She hasn't slept in her own bed for years as he insists on making her sleep with him. He is also an attention craver, if he doesn't get the attention he wants, he gets overly upset for no reason or he does something naughty. Like often throwing things, knocking them over, peeing all over the floor etc. When noone was in the room, he came over to me, asked me for a hug, then when I did he pulled my hair extremely hard. He is 25 and morbidly obese, not something I could easily fight against. Since then I have not trusted him one bit, he is always shooting people dirty looks, and thinking about it, he has hurt other people in the past. Saying that, his mother does still love him, and he probably doesn't even understand that he has done anything wrong (with the hair pulling) so maybe I am being too harsh. But unless you are incredibly strong, abortion is probably the best way.. sorry..
  • I would never abort a baby, period. Obviously there is a reason why this obstacle was given to me. I think it takes a very special; strong; kind; loving; and patient person (along with a myriad of other qualities) to take on this kind of responsibility. Of course it's going to be extremely challenging, but since when is life supposed to be easy and carefree? Perhaps I don't possess ALL of those qualities and will acquire them by giving birth to a child with Down Syndrome or another disability. We were put here, on Earth, to love. There should be no discrimination against whom we love!
  • life doesn't have to be perfect to have value
  • It really depends. I wouldn't abort a Down's Sydrome child, however, any other disabilty would have to be a question of severity - I wouldn't abort a child just for having, say, one less hand, but if the kid was going to come out a barely conscious bag of guts with teeth, I wouldn't even think twice.
  • YES! I would not have a down sydrome child or one with a disability if I could prevent it I would. I would terminate the pregnancy and try again in the future for another one. I am with the 98% of people who would. I think it is great that we are able to screen for these defects now early and can prevent DS and other Disabilities. Like polio, ds will be a thing of the pass.
  • No I wouldn't. I work with several Down Syndrome kids and they have a good quality life! I think they deserve a chance, afterall they didn't ask to be brought into this world!
  • Yes. I don't see any reason to bringing a baby into the world with added challenges that are not it's fault and that it will have to suffer with for the rest of it's life. Especially not to conform to some opinion, belief or concept of the parent. That's selfishness on an extraordinary level, masquerading as tolerance of difference and being pro life, when it's nothing of the sort.
  • I wouldn't.
  • I would abort because what sort of life can someone who has this disease lead? it won't be a good one, there's loads of problems to contend with and the big factor is money, it requires a hell of a lot to raise a child who has a disease so I would abort for the child's sake.
  • Why God, Why Me? Before you were here, in my heart I knew I didn’t want to think about it, it wasn’t something I wanted to go through The due date was drawing near I was so excited in just a few short weeks you would be here It was your last ultrasound, I kept pushing the thoughts away Praying against anything the doctor had to say The picture confirmed the feeling in my heart that day That you wouldn’t be the perfect bundle we had thought along the way As you were growing as the days went by In my heart I’m still wondering why? What did I do wrong? I have not always done right I know, but I’ve followed after you and your righteousness What did I do to deserve this? I don’t understand, I just don’t see. Out of all the people in the world Why God, Why me? I prayed and prayed it wouldn’t come true I casted down every imagination like I was taught to. No, not me No, this just couldn’t be! What did I do wrong? I have not always done right I know, but I’ve followed after you and your righteousness What did I do to deserve this? I don’t understand, I just don’t see. Out of all the people in the world Why God, Why me? The time has come for you to be born It’s bitter-sweet and my heart is torn To my thoughts & prayers I held tight Maybe, just maybe, my prayers will be answered - you will be born alright The doctor in a calm voice announced It looks like your child has Downs Probably from the look on my face, He said that’s ok Many are born that way It wasn’t comforting to hear those words spoken Now my heart was truly broken My prayers were not answered and seemed to go unheard Even though I only spoke the Word All I ever wanted was to have that perfect child Dreams were shattered to hear - we don’t know if it will be severe or mild Time will tell and you will see What your child’s future will be With each passing day I let go of the hurt and the blame Getting past the guilt, pain and the shame My heart is healing even though it will take awhile You have brought healing to me when I look into your loving eyes and seeing you smile. To hear you laugh is pure joy straight from God’s heart After all He created each and every one of your parts With God’s love, patience, wisdom and grace We can handle the challenges that lie ahead and the ones you currently face The goals we set and the victories are so sweet With each one you accomplish and each one you meet You are not here to compete or be in a race You are here to go at our own pace You are learning and growing so much You are truly created from our Masters touch God created you with his own hands from above How then could I question His love? What did I do that was so right? I have not always done right I know, but I’ve followed after you and your righteousness My God, My God what did I do to deserve this? You did give me the perfect child from above One with more joy and more love than I could ever dream of You gave me this perfect blessing, your precious gift. I don’t understand, I just don’t see Out of all the people in the world Why God, Why me? Rachelle Fuller ”2008” I would have missed out on so much if I had aborted him. Even though they offered that as an option. I said no matter what we would take care of this child. I cry everytime I think of someone wanting to abort a child just because they have downs. My heart aches to think what someone is missing out on because they don't want to deal with a child like that. I didn't either...but Oh My God what I would have missed out on. He is a true blessing!
  • no, i dont believe in abortions
  • Yes. I would not be responsible for forcing another person to live disabled their entire life.
  • No, don't be stupid. Think of all the free parking and other benefits that baby would get you. Statistics are made up on the spot 94.5% of the time. Never take them at face value. The only good reason to abort a baby is danger to the mother yo have it. To be honest, if these are the conversations you're both having neither of you should be allowed to be parents.
  • No. In fact, if I were healthier I'd adopt one! There is much to be learned through the experience of loving these beautiful bundles of joy! But I wouldn't judge anyone for not feeling up to the task. It takes more than one person can do alone! Still I would encourage them to give it to loving parents who want to accept the challenge instead of aborting. That is if it lives.
  • Exodus 20:13- You must not murder Exodus 21-23 clearly shows how God views the life of an unborn child.
  • i wouldnt

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