Selective abortions have reduced the number of births of babies with Down syndrome in Europe by more than 50 percent, according to a report Tuesday by Catholic News Agency (CNA).
European birth data seem to confirm the fears of those who have argued that increased prenatal testing for Down syndrome has led many women to selectively abort their children, the report states.
Citing a December 2020 study in the European Journal of Human Genetics, the report notes that 54 percent fewer babies with Down syndrome were born in the United Kingdom during the period between 2011 and 2015 than would have been born without targeted abortions.
The study sought to compare the actual number of births of babies with Down syndrome with estimates of how many babies would have been born with Down syndrome had they not been aborted.
Without “selective terminations,” the study states, Europe would have seen an