Thursday, August 2, 2012

eugenics much?

Pursuant to PPACA’s provision for no-cost preventive care services for women, insurance policies will be required to provide no-cost prenatal genetic testing starting August 1, 2012. A preventive treatment exists in response to many non-genetic prenatal tests.

There is no treatment pre- or post-natally for the extra 21st-chromosomal material that causes Down syndrome. Currently, an estimated 400,000 Americans have Down syndrome. Characterizing prenatal testing for Down syndrome as “preventive care” expresses a policy that fetuses diagnosed with Down syndrome should be prevented from being born. Indeed, a member of the Court’s majority, Justice Ginsberg, previously stated in an interview that one purpose of abortion is to reduce “populations that we don’t want to have too many of.” Population reduction is exactly what happens where there is a public policy for prenatal genetic testing.

In and of itself, prenatal testing is value neutral and simply provides information—indeed, the diagnosis of Down syndrome is typically accompanied by shock because it, too, is unexpected. Further, reducing the cost of prenatal testing through public policies is not necessarily problematic. But if prenatal testing is to be offered at no-cost, why is there not a corresponding mandate to provide all of the information necessary for an expectant mother to make an informed decision?

To say that a genetic condition should be prevented, with the only means of that prevention being abortion, is morally objectionable. It hearkens back to the eugenics atrocities of the last century. To further have that goal stated by a federal regulation is grossly objectionable and, one would hope, unexpected by our elected officials, as it very likely was when the regulations were passed.
Supreme Court Unexpectedly Upholds Regulatory Elimination of Down Syndrome July 12, 2012 By Amy Julia Becker

Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. - Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg
The Place of Women on the Court By EMILY BAZELON Published: July 7, 2009


  1. Please see the item in bold below. This does not refer to pre-natal screening but screening for breast cancer and ovarian cancer for women at risk.

    The eight new prevention-related health services marked with an asterisk ( * ) must be covered with no cost-sharing in plan years starting on or after August 1, 2012.

    Anemia screening on a routine basis for pregnant women
    Bacteriuria urinary tract or other infection screening for pregnant women

    BRCA counseling about genetic testing for women at higher risk

    Breast Cancer Mammography screenings every 1 to 2 years for women over 40
    Breast Cancer Chemoprevention counseling for women at higher risk
    Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, as well as access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women*
    Cervical Cancer screening for sexually active women
    Chlamydia Infection screening for younger women and other women at higher risk
    Contraception: Food and Drug Administration-approved contraceptive methods, sterilization procedures, and patient education and counseling, not including abortifacient drugs*
    Domestic and interpersonal violence screening and counseling for all women*
    Folic Acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
    Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes*
    Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
    Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
    Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) screening and counseling for sexually active women*
    Human Papillomavirus (HPV) DNA Test: high risk HPV DNA testing every three years for women with normal cytology results who are 30 or older*
    Osteoporosis screening for women over age 60 depending on risk factors
    Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
    Tobacco Use screening and interventions for all women, and expanded counseling for pregnant tobacco users
    Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) counseling for sexually active women*
    Syphilis screening for all pregnant women or other women at increased risk
    Well-woman visits to obtain recommended preventive services for women under 65*

    1. first, you are implying that there will be NO genetic testing covered for Downs Syndrome... i find that difficult to believe... assuming there WILL be testing, the point of the article is that the "Solution" to Downs Syndrome is only abortion... this theory is supported by the cited survey (later in the article) below:

      "Ten of the 18 countries had a national country-wide policy for Down's syndrome screening and 14/18 for structural anomaly scanning. Sixty-eight percent of Down's syndrome cases (range 0-95%) were detected prenatally, of which 88% resulted in termination of pregnancy." -