NBC News’ Ken Dilanian took a break from covering North Korea’s nuclear program or the Syrian civil war to let his Twitter followers know that he found a woman demanding for the ability to abort children with disabilities “courageous.”
The Washington Post deputy editorial page editor Ruth Marcus authored the March 9 column, “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome. Women need that right,” which argues against a new effort by pro-life groups to ban certain selective abortion practices.
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In a show of solidarity, Dilanian shared the column in a tweet — prompting outrage in his replies from a number of parents of children with Down syndrome.
— Ken Dilanian (@KenDilanianNBC) March 10, 2018
“I have had two children; I was old enough, when I became pregnant, that it made sense to do the testing for Down syndrome. Back then, it was amniocentesis, performed after 15 weeks; now, chorionic villus sampling can provide a conclusive determination as early as nine weeks. I can say without hesitation that, tragic as it would have felt and ghastly as a second-trimester abortion would have been, I would have terminated those pregnancies had the testing come back positive. I would have grieved the loss and moved on,” the column reads.
Marcus goes on to cite the statistic that “more than two-thirds of American women choose abortion in such circumstances,” and claims that this is the “point … of prenatal testing.”
Pro-life advocates don’t dispute this number and try to inform individuals through advertising campaigns and activism that many individuals with Down syndrome end up living pleasant and fulfilling lives.
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