Some parents and disability advocates characterize the Today Show segment about Sequenom's MaterniT21 PLUS test for Down syndrome as insensitive in tone and language, and object to the absence of balanced information about Down syndrome. Many believe it promoted negative stereotypes and misinformation, and was as impartial as an advertisement.

The Importance of Attitudes about Prenatal Testing
Just because a couple plans to continue the pregnancy no matter what the prenatal test predicts, they were still only potential parents of a child with Down syndrome. They cannot give permission for a public celebration of a negative test result as if they had actually welcomed a baby with Down syndrome into their family or were advocates within their community.

Pam W
SE of Seattle

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