Down Syndrome diagnosis in pregnancy –...

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A number of mothers of children born with Down Syndrome say they were put under repeated pressure to terminate their pregnancy from doctors.

AMA President Dr Michael Gannon told Lateline that “It is sad and entirely inappropriate,” that women feel pressured into making decisions.

However, Dr Gannon said if additional information came to light in the course of the pregnancy, for example, “major heart abnormalities”, then, he said, “it’s important … that that additional information is provided to families and that they’re given the opportunity to review their decision-making.”