Friday, August 10, 2012

Switzerland approves controversial pre-natal test for Down's Syndrome

The Swiss Government has recently legalized a controversial new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome – a move that could lead to an increase of eugenic abortions in the country.
Called “Prenatest,” the procedure will be made available in the country starting this month, according to Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag. It uses blood samples from the mother to detect the presence of Trisomy 21 or Down’s Syndrome in her unborn child.

The German company LifeCodexx, which developed the test, calls it a “safe alternative to traditional invasive methods.” It claims that the test can detect 95 per cent of cases if it is performed in the first trimester.

According to a Daily Mail report the international federation of Down's syndrome organisations has objected to such testing at the European Court of Human Rights.
The federation, grouping 30 associations in 16 countries, said in June that the Strasbourg court should 'recognise the human condition and protect the right to life of people with Down's syndrome and those handicapped'.

According to data from the United Nations, each year between three and five thousand children are born with Down’s Syndrome throughout the world.