National Catholic Register

Culture of Life

Facts of Life

BY Jim Cosgrove

March 12-18, 2000 Issue | Posted 3/12/00 at 2:00 PM


Did You Know?

Blood tests are no better at detecting Down syndrome in unborn babies than other methods, according to a study of some 31,000 pregnancies in Britain. Researchers at Princess Anne Hospital, Southampton, found that such tests did not add to information obtained from ultra-sound scans and knowledge of the mother's age. Certain blood test results, however, are sometimes taken as a certainty of Down syndrome, prompting many couples to consider abortion.

(Source: Guardian and Independent newspaper, March 3, 2000)