Down's test blamed for hundreds of miscarriages

Hundreds of healthy unborn babies are being miscarried or stillborn every year because of the test used to detect Down's syndrome, UK researchers claim.

Their study found that for every three births of Down syndrome babies prevented, two healthy babies will be miscarried.

In 2006, 1,028 abortions were carried out because the unborn child had Down's syndrome, but the researchers claim that this would have led to 400 healthy babies being lost because of the tests.

Lead researcher Professor Sue Buckley, from the University of Portsmouth, said: ‘We are calling for a thorough review of this screening policy and practice and a broad public debate about the acceptability of genetic screening in pregnancy for mental and physical disabilities.'

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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