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"Down syndrome occurs across the human spectrum and is the most common chromosomal condition. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome — a 1 in 700 chance. The prevalence of Down syndrome increases with the mother’s age. It is associated with delays in physical growth, characteristic facial features and intellectual disability. However, children born with Down syndrome can live happy and long lives. During Down Syndrome Awareness Month, we can be inspired to learn more about this topic and to celebrate people born with Down syndrome and the medical advancements that increasingly improve their quality of life," explained Catherine Phillips, respect life director for the Diocese of Little Rock.
"Why is it important to advocate for people with Down syndrome? Noninvasive prenatal screening that is now easily available to women early in pregnancy has had a significant impact on the Down syndrome community. Current U.S. research indicates that 74 percent of women who receive the prenatal diagnosis of Down syndrome terminate the pregnancy. Even more shocking, since 2014 Iceland reports that 100 percent of babies diagnosed prenatally with Down Syndrome are aborted," she added.
Learn more about resources in Arkansas at ardownsyndrome.org or visit the Respect Life Month resources from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.