‘A World without Down’s syndrome?’, presented by actress Sally Phillips, questions what will happen if a new 99 per cent accurate screening test for Down’s is made available on the NHS.
Currently, nine out of every ten babies diagnosed with the condition in England and Wales are aborted.
In the documentary Phillips, whose eleven-year-old son Ollie has Down’s, interviews key health professionals including Professor Lyn Chitty, the only professor of Genetics and Fetal Medicine in the UK.
Chitty carried out a pilot study of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT) and advocates a full roll-out in the NHS, in order to ‘better inform’ women. She claims that it will not significantly affect the current abortion rate.
Phillips tells her that in a screening method such as NIPT, no distinction is being made “between Down’s syndrome and a disease”.
“To me”, she says, “Down’s syndrome is a type of person”.
“If we have a society that is unable to care for people, then the problem is not the person.”
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