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What percentage of people have an abortion when they know their child will have down syndrome?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Difficult # to find: The biggest influence on the decline of Down syndrome births in the last 4 decades has been the introduction of oral contraceptives & or decision to undergo permanent sterilization. Many centers do not keep or record the reasons for the procedure.Some centers consider invasive sampling such as amniocentesis only if couples are likely to terminate even if screening tests were suggestive of ds.
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