Abortion and Euthanasia of Down's Syndrome Children -- the Parent's View
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1983 Sep; 9(3): 152-157.
A 1981 study of parents of Down's syndrome children in South Wales surveyed parents' attitudes toward abortion and euthanasia for severe congenital handicaps. Of the 78 parents responding, 60 approved of abortion for a handicapped fetus. They were equally divided on whether euthanasia, active or passive, was acceptable but only a third approved of euthanasia for the average Down's syndrome infant. Although parents considered the degree of handicap the crucial factor in their decisions, researchers found social class to be the only statistically significant variable. (KIE abstract)
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