In the absence of such a test for autism, researchers at University College Hospital London are settling for what they call a “close enough” solution. They have applied for permission to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, or PGD, to screen out male embryos in families with a history of autism.
Their “logic” is that since 90 percent of all autistic people are males, their testing would allow families with autistic children “to have a daughter free from the condition.” Of course, they would have also killed males who were not autistic. Talk about wholesale gender cleansing.
Once again we see the results of adults who view children as an acquisition akin to a new car. Their utilitarian view of life allows them to “kick the tires” of their embryos and only accept the ones that appear “perfect”. A few months ago I wrote about British doctors rejecting embryos with genes that predisposed one to various adult cancers.
Contrast this with the loving acceptance of Hannah by her parents.
Seventeen weeks into Hannah's mom's pregnancy doctors discovered that Hannah had a severe birth defect similar to Downs Syndrome, but more lethal. Doctors told mother and father that their child would not live long after birth, and encouraged them to get an abortion. They resisted the doctors' urgings. They put up with the side looks that the medical community gave them for daring to bring this child into the world intact. But Mom and Dad gave no thought to early termination…
The priest had not yet arrived and as they knew death was imminent, Dad baptized his child. Each of the family members took turns holding her. The pictures that Dad shared at our meeting Thursday night showed a room full of joyous people celebrating the birth of this latest of God's creations. There were not tears in the eyes of the family, but smiles on the faces.
God bless Hannah’s parents and siblings. Thanks to David for sharing this account of a truly pro-life family.