My name is Rose and I have 2 young kids, Alynna Marie is 6 years old, and Lyle Christian is 4 years old. And there is another one on the way, as I am on my 3rd trimester. 🙂 I did prenatal genetic testing on my first born and opted not anymore for my second child and to the current pregnancy. AsI look back with my first pregnancy, I was overwhelmed with the check ups and testings and all. Even though I work in the medical field, a Medical Technologist by profession, still everything was just too much for a would-be first-time mom. Especially that it took 4 years for me and my husband to finally hear the news that I am conceiving. We were just too excited. We went diligently with my OB schedule, and assumed everything is routine to make sure our baby is on track and doing well. So the first time I heard about the genetic testing, I simply said yes.
With my second child, I seemed to have more focus to details. When the time came that the doctor’s clinic asked me f I wanted to have the genetic testing done, I asked for what purpose and listened intently. I was told it will just help me to plan on how to best care for the baby if it is high risk of certain genetic disorders or not. I took home the flier for further reading. At home I pondered, if something came up unusual, would it really help me and the baby? All I care is just to focus on is taking care of myself so the baby will be at his/her healthiest potential. The rest is God’s work. If the test turns out that things are “normal”, life continues. But if it reveals something else, how will I move forward? Regardless of the result, I would still keep the baby…it is my child and a gift from God most of all. I decided to say no to the genetic testing on my follow up visit. In my mind I have it resolved that I will deal with it when the time comes (at birth) and will love the child as it is. Me and my husband as parents are stewards of the lives of our children and we will do everything we can to protect and take care of it. What awaits at childbirth, we don’t know… and we trust that God’s grace and mercy will suffice us and the new baby. And so our second child was born, other than being a vulnerable preemie at 34 weeks old and having to stay at the NICU for a week or so, he managed just fine.
As I was writing this article and did some online reading about genetic testing, I was actually appauld that the parents can really decide to end the pregnancy or that even doctors themselves will recommend to parents to terminate the pregnancy.
As one article says ” It is your choice whether to have prenatal testing. Your personal beliefs and values are important factors in the decision about prenatal testing. There is no right or wrong answer.”
I was reminded of this Bible Verse…Matthew 6:34 “So do not worry about tomorrow: tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
Rose’s story allows for many to question what truly prental testing accomplishes. We must ask the question, what is truly the purpose of prenatal testing? Is it truly to allow parents to know how to help their children or as Rose wondered is there another purpose to this test that’s underlying?
From the blog, What is the purpose of prental testing?, that I wote a while back, “Its real foundation was grounded in eugenics. There were many players in the eugenics movement. The blog by Meehan’s Report shares of the eugenic foundation of prenatal testing. The term “eugenics” was coined by Francis Galton and in Greek means “well-born.” (Galton, 1883) Eugenics is a way (so cleverly disguised) to discriminate against those “deemed” unfit and unworthy by those that support this philosophy and goal of eugenics.”
More from the blog, What is the purpose of prental testing?, I share detailed information from Meehan’s Report, “‘Frederick Osborn was the mastermind of the American Eugenic movement. His goal was to take the lives of children who were sick or disabled or a certain race and exterminate these people. Osborn stated, “The term medical genetics has taken the place of the old term negative eugenics… The older term means efforts to prevent births among people deemed to be inferior, especially those with inherited disabilities.” Osborn sickeningly said, “The public should insist that doctors and public health authorities get to work at reducing the number of defectives.”(Osborn, 1941) People made in God’s very image, he is calling the abhorrent term “defective.” These eugenists use semantics to attempt to influence and bias those they are trying to convince of the merit of their philosophy. These so called “defectives” were children that are sick. Osborn and people like him took on the eugenic movement under new names and groups to uproot medicine and cause there to be genetic testing in medicine to eliminate the children who are considered and deemed to have no value.”