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By Mark Bradford, Charlotte Lozier Institute American Reports series:
Down syndrome is a highly complex genetic condition, but it is also a highly complex
sociological phenomenon that is iconic in its significance to questions regarding
quality of life, selective abortion, and the extent and legitimacy of research into
medical treatment to enhance cognition in the intellectually disabled. As
technologies of prenatal screening and diagnosis become more sophisticated, Down
syndrome provides an initial test of how society will respond to difference and
The Charlotte Lozier Institute’s American Reports Series presents analysis of issues affecting the United States at the national level. These reports are intended to provide insight into various issues concerning life, science, and bioethics.