I understand the concern about the increase in abortion of Downs Syndrome fetuses. That clearly has all kinds of ethical problems, and opens a giant can of worms – what genetic abnormalities get the axe? That’s not what I am talking about here. This is about something different.
What if a medical breakthrough occurred and we could almost guarantee that even an older woman would not have the chromosome duplication error that leads to children with Downs syndrome? In other words, we could completely prevent Downs syndrome and other genetic disorders. This removes the abortion element from the equation.
Would it be a good idea to prevent Downs Syndrome and other genetic disorders, if we had the technology? If not, why not? I’ve heard people saying good things about people with Downs, is that just being nice about a disability, or do we actually need to have people with this syndrome?