‘ I Am Worried There Will Be Fewer Of Us, ’ Says Campaigner Against Down Syndrome Test

(CNN) — Natalie Dedreux has spent months campaigning against a plan to make a blood test for Down syndrome free in Germany. While its proponents say the prenatal test is a safer alternative to current procedures and should be available to everyone, Dedreux believes it will lead to people like her being “sorted out.” Dedreux, a 20-year aspiring journalist from Cologne, has the condition. “I am worried that if pregnant women find out their baby has Down syndrome, they will decide against us …. because they are scared,” she wrote on her blog. She has attended protests against the plan and has met German Chancellor Angela Merkel to discuss it. She also started a petition that has been signed by more than 20,000 people. Natalie Dedreux takes part in a demonstration against free tests for pregnant women (Photo by Britta Pedersen/PA via Getty) Down syndrome is a genetic condition caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. It can result in learning disabilities and distinctive facial characteristics. The syndrome can be detected during pregnancy, but the common way of doing that — by using a needle to take a sample of the amniotic fluid surrounding a baby in the womb — is invasive and carries a risk. According to the UK’s National Health Service, the procedure carries an estimated 1 in 100 chance of causing a miscarriage. A non-invasive test is already available in Germany, but women who want to take it have to pay for it privatel...
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