New genetics test threatens the unborn and the disabled

The Daily Telegraph and other papers report today on a new genetics test with the potential to identify over 3,500 genetic disorders by testing the blood of a pregnant woman (plus the father's saliva).  Like all knowledge this is something that should be welcomed, providing it does not lead to further discrimination against those with disability.

Information itself may be neutral but genetic testing in utero almost inevitably leads to abortion of the unborn child.  The easier and more comprehensive the test the more likely it is that such abortions will increase.  We need to find cures for genetic diseases not better tests in order to eliminate the carriers.