Controversial Down’s syndrome test introduced in Wales

Wales has become the first part of the UK to introduce a new technique for screening unborn babies for Down’s syndrome on the NHS. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), a type of blood test, is claimed to be 99 per cent accurate in diagnosing the condition. Critics have repeatedly argued that it is likely to lead to more abortions, and even to Down’s children being eradicated altogether. Campaign group Don’t Screen Us Out warned that this move “will have a profoundly negative impact on the community of people with Down’s syndrome” in Wales. Kate Harris, whose twelve-year-son has Down’s syndrome, said that women are currently advised to seek advice from doctors who favour abortion for those with the condition.