Prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome rise in U.S. while births decline

11/2/2009 | ABC News

American mothers gave birth to 15% fewer babies with the genetic condition during a time when it was likely to increase because of a trend of advancing maternal age, according to a researcher. Parents' decision to terminate pregnancies in more than 90% of cases where Down syndrome is discovered is the reason for the decrease in births, said Dr. Brian Skotko, a pediatric geneticist at Children's Hospital Boston. Advocates for people with Down syndrome worry that the decline in births will lead to reduced funding to study the disorder.

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