Quote: Originally Posted by JLM
Ya like Tay Sachs that strikes about one in 500 billion people! (did I exaggerate?)
Still looking for stats but you mentioned Down's syndrome back a while. Most Down's patients are fine, but they are usually diagnosed with Trisomy 21. Trisomy 13 and 18 are extremely sad cases: "What are trisomy 18 and trisomy 13?
Trisomy 18 and trisomy 13 are genetic disorders that include a combination of birth defects including severe mental retardation, as well as health problems involving nearly every organ system in the body. Unfortunately, 90 percent of babies born with trisomy 18 or 13 die by age 1. It is important to note that 5 to 10 percent of babies with trisomy 18 or 13 do survive the first year of life. Therefore, these disorders are not universally fatal and, in the absence of any immediate life-threatening problems, accurate predictions of life expectancy are difficult to make. There are a few reports of babies with trisomy 18 or 13 surviving to their teens, however, this is unusual.
Trisomy 18 is also called "Edwards syndrome," named after the physician who first described the disorder. Trisomy 13 is called "Patau syndrome," in honor of the physician who first described it. "
Found some stats.
Anencephaly, about 1 in 1000 births Ban abortion for that one? Because?
Trisomy 18, 6 in 1000 Ban abortion for those 6? Because?
Trisomy 13, 2.6 in 1000 Ban abortion for those 2.6? Because?
Spina Bifida, 5 in 1000 Ban abortion for those 5? Because?
Cystic Fibrosis, 0.4 in 1000 Ban abortion for that 0.4? Because?
Tay Sachs? I'll accept your statistic but you have to be aware that although the incidence of it is that rare in the general population, "the genetic mutations that cause this disease are more common in people of Ashkenazi (eastern and central European) Jewish heritage than in those with other backgrounds. The mutations responsible for this disease are also more common in certain French-Canadian communities of Quebec, the Old Order Amish community in Pennsylvania, and the Cajun population of Louisiana." - http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/condition/tay-sachs-disease
So we ban abortion even for these higher risk populations? Because?