Majority of Democrats Support Aborting Babies With Down Syndrome

According to a poll conducted by Knights of Columbus-Marist, 58 percent of overall respondents express disagreement with aborting babies due to a Down syndrome diagnosis, while 39 percent support the practice. Notably, Republicans (75 percent) and independents (58 percent) overwhelmingly oppose such abortions, creating a stark contrast with their Democratic counterparts.

Surprisingly, within the Republican and independent camps, there is a notable fraction—24 percent of Republicans and 39 percent of independents—who believe that babies with Down syndrome should be aborted rather than being born.

The survey, conducted with 1,371 adults between January 8-9, 2024, carries a statistical significance within ±3.6 percentage points. Beyond the specific issue of Down syndrome, the poll also indicates strong support among Americans for abortion limits and pregnancy resource centers.

There’s an evident connection between Democratic support for aborting babies with Down syndrome and the historical context of the eugenics movement in Denmark. In 2004, Denmark took a pioneering step by offering prenatal Down syndrome screening to every pregnant woman, resulting in a significant decline in the number of children born with Down syndrome.

The impact of universal screening is evident in Denmark, where, according to The Atlantic’s 2020 report, more than 95 percent of expectant mothers who receive a Down syndrome diagnosis choose to abort. In 2019, only 18 children with Down syndrome were born in the entire country, a stark contrast to the approximately 6,000 born annually in the United States.

It’s crucial to recognize Down syndrome as a genetic condition where individuals are born with an extra copy of chromosome 21, affecting their brain and body development. The Cleveland Clinic emphasizes that people diagnosed with Down syndrome can lead happy and healthy lives.

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