e there are many happy families that raise wonderful children with Down Syndrome, women should have the right to determine whether or not they want to go down that path, infers Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post. Raising a child with the condition can be incredibly hard on any family. Most probably, children with Down syndrome will be impaired for life and could face increased health risks. They will generally have a harder time to live independently and support themselves. Not all parents can bear that weight effortlessly. The condition can be recognized in the 9th week of pregnancy. Refusing women this choice would be unfair.
It is inherently presumptuous to give humans the right to decide who lives and who dies based on factors like having Down syndrome, suggests Alexandra Desanctis of National Review. Determining what life has value is a profound question that we shouldn’t be trying to answer. Judging these unborn children by things like IQ or intellectual capability reminds of eugenics and opens the door for other such judgments based on intelligence factors. People with the condition may bear more weight in life than others, but they can still lead happy, fulfilled lives. They have value and dignity and such fetuses don’t deserve to be aborted.