As a  couple, you decide to perform a genetic test on your 10 weeks old fetus (in the womb) in order to determine whether your child may have Down's syndrome. The test is between 90%-95% accurate...

As a  couple, you decide to perform a genetic test on your 10 weeks old fetus (in the womb) in order to determine whether your child may have Down's syndrome. The test is between 90%-95% accurate with a 5%-10% false-positive rate (meaning that in 5% to 10% of the cases the fetus will be diagnosed as having Down's Syndrome even though it does not.) After having had the test, the physician informs you that your child does, in fact, have Down's Syndrome. your doctor asks you whether you want to keep the child (go through the birth) or to terminate pregnancy. What would you do and why?

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jerichorayel | College Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

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This situation can be answered based on one's principle about life. As a parent, I will definitely let the child live even though the child was diagnosed to have Down syndrome. The reason for this is life. I will always remember that my parent let me live so why should I terminate the life of my baby if he has a chance to live? Life is so unpredictable and many things can happen. The child can be a blessing to me and will bring happiness in our lives. Children with Down syndrome often have a shorter lifespan compared to normal people. Should I not spare that "shorter life" to my baby after all? The genetic test can give as accurate answers as possible. But as I mentioned about life, there's a little chance that my child is normal; and indeed it can happen.  

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