Look at me: Why genetic test results don’t tell full story
March 10, 2016
(ED NOTE: Reading this article gives food for thought, about jumping to genetic-based conclusions quickly; sounds like a topic for a good ole hangout!)
I sometimes wonder what difference it would have made if my mom knew that I had Turner syndrome while she was pregnant with me.She is adamant she never would have aborted me. But today, pre-natal genetic screenings and other fetal tests for Turner syndrome are widely used, and I worry that too many are making irreversible decisions without understanding the disorder. Studies around the world have shown parents abort an average of 76 percent of fetuses found to have TS.Like Down syndrome or autism, Turner is a spectrum disorder with symptoms that range in severity, and a diagnosis is no indication of what an individual’s life will be. A girl who has it — like me — can be happy, intelligent and highly successful.
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