FSPC publishes arguments against PrenDia and PrenaTest

“10 Questions – 10 Answers” and an in-depth statement against new prenatal tests can now be downloaded and ordered at www.sek.ch.

“Testing Life?” the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches asks in the most recent edition of its series “10 Questions – 10 Answers,” published today. In this brochure, the FSPC takes a stance against the new tests for the prenatal diagnosis of trisomies, including trisomy 21 (Down syndrome).

The FSPC criticizes that these tests cast all unborn life as a potential risk. They represent a selective decision to prevent the birth of a child with certain genetic characteristics. The desire to have children is increasingly overlaid by the selection of desirable characteristics in a child. 90% of pregnancies that test positive for trisomy 21 are terminated. Clearly, then, this is not an exception but the rule, the FSPC points out: “The fact of my being born is thus replaced by a third party’s decision of whether I should be born.”

From a Christian point of view, life is a gift. This attitude shows itself “in paying reverence and respect to life. Human beings are not determined by their capability or health, but by being created in the image of God, which comes into the world with every human being.”

The FSPC has detected a noticeable decline in society’s ability to accept persons with disability as a natural fact of life. “If a child’s chances for success in society threaten to become a criterion for her existence or non-existence, if the prospect of having a special or different child is experienced as an overwhelming burden endangering one’s own opportunities in life, then the question must be asked how open this society really is.”

The question must be asked “how humane a society is that increasingly offsets its humanity with risk assessments,” the FSPC sums up its rejection of prenatal tests in its brochure.