05 May Campaigners applaud Cameron’s caution on screening for Down’s syndrome
The prime minister said ‘ethical issues’ must be taken into account
Campaigners have applauded David Cameron’s statement that new screening techniques must be introduced in “the right way” to confront the “ethical issues” around testing the unborn for Down’s syndrome.
A new screening technique has been proposed which would involve less risk of miscarriage – saving perhaps 25 unborn lives per year – but would also mean many more cases of Down’s syndrome would be diagnosed. Campaigners say it could lead to an extra 92 abortions per year, given how many unborn children with Down’s syndrome are already aborted.