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Josephine Quintavalle, of campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics, said: 'It is generally accepted that there is a significant under-reporting of abortions of babies with Down's syndrome, but I think we are especially saddened when we read of such abortions in association with IVF, where the women involved were clearly originally desperate to have a child.'The number of abortions carried out because of Down's among those who conceived naturally is more than 1,000 a year – or three a day.
Around nine in ten women who are told they are going to have a baby with the condition opt for a termination.
I am in touch with one mother who is in her late 80s, and her disabled son, who is now in his 50s, has always lived at home.Pre-natal tests were introduced in the early 2000s, and the vast majority who receive a positive test have terminated their pregnancy.While the tests are optional, all expectant mothers are informed about their availability, and up to 85 per cent choose to take it.Sometimes, this is as a result of an inaccurate test.
"Babies with Down's syndrome are still being born in Iceland," said Hulda Hjartardottir, head of the Prenatal Diagnosis Unit at Landspitali University Hospital, told CBS.
The data held by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority shows that Down's syndrome was the most commonly given reason for an abortion, cited in 31 of the cases – three times as many as in 1999.