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March 13, 2015
Pro-lifers stand against 'incompatible with life' diagnosis
In recent years, upwards of 90 percent of babies with developmental problems in the womb have been aborted based on medical advice and diagnostic tests. Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute is joining a global initiative - sponsored by Ireland-based Every Life Counts - that urges scientists and medical professionals who support life to combat an in utero diagnosis that is medically inaccurate.
"For years there's been this phrase used by certain doctors – 'incompatible with life' – especially when someone is diagnosed in the womb with something like Down Syndrome or other kinds of genetic or physiologic conditions. And that is frankly just a misdiagnosis; [it's] medically inaccurate," shares Dr. David Prentice of the Charlotte Lozier Institute, the education and research arm of the Susan B. Anthony List.
Prentice calls it "a biased judgment call" – yet week after week there are reports of such children born alive, normal, or close to normal and Down Syndrome children living happy lives, some able to support themselves.
"What Charlotte Lozier Institute wants to do is to support an effort at the U.N. called the Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care," Prentice continues. "The idea is that it would get rid of this biased term of 'incompatible with life' to describe those unborn children who might have a life-limiting condition."
The Geneva Declaration on Perinatal Care calls for "an end to the use of this medically meaningless term [incompatible with life] which can cause great upset to the parents of children who are a given life-limiting diagnosis but who very often live for minutes, days, hours even weeks after birth and bring much joy to their families."
Written by Charlie Butts