I realize that sounds harsh, but that is the REALITY for one child in Oregon. Her parents sued their OB, and WON 2.9 million dollars because the OB didn't offer to abort their baby. They weren't told ahead of time that their baby may have Down syndrome, and the parents then filed a wrongful birth lawsuit.
How would you like to grow up knowing that your parents said in a court of law that if they'd have known you would be who you are... They would have never allowed you to be born? That if they'd have suspected that you wouldn't be their image of perfect, that they would have aborted you?
How about the older brothers, since the parents claim that their daughter is "too retarded to know what's going on"? Are the brothers going to just not take notice to the idea that their parents would rather have killed their sister than have her be born? Will they, too, grow up with the idea that she is of lesser value as a person? That's ctainly the message these parents are sending...
Every year in the United States over 90% of the parents that receive a prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome choose to abort their baby. There isn't any statistical data to show what percentage of all the babies withDown syndrome (those diagnosed prenatally and those not) this represents, but it is a significant number.
What message does a wrongful birth lawsuit send to a generation of people striving for perfection, and feeling like taking the life of a child is better than going through another few months of pregnancy and either raising the baby or choosing another family to raise him or her?