The government of Switzerland has sparked controversy by legalizing a new prenatal test that detects the presence of Down’s Syndrome – a move that could lead to an increase of abortions in the country.
Called “Prenatest,” the procedure will be made available in the country starting in August, according to Neue Zürcher Zeitung am Sonntag. It uses blood samples from the mother to detect the presence of Trisomy 21 or Down’s Syndrome in her unborn child.
According to data from the United Nations, each year between three and five thousand children are born with Down’s Syndrome throughout the world.
In a June interview, Spain-based physician Dr. Esteban Rodriguez Martin told CNA that prenatal tests for Down’s Syndrome result “in abortion in more than 85 percent of the babies who have the condition in the countries where unborn human life does not enjoy legal protection.”