…Kaposy offers a well-informed, thoughtful, and compassionate argument for why prospective parents might not just accept but welcome a child with Down syndrome into their families….Kaposy’s critical generosity is striking in today’s combative and polarized political atmosphere. His measured tone is an especially welcome corrective to the nasty and divisive voices that so often dominate debates over abortion.—Christian Century—
Chris Kaposy’s Choosing Down Syndrome: Ethics and New Prenatal Testing Technologies is a courageous, open, and interesting attempt to argue in favor of bringing fetuses affected with Down syndrome to birth.
Anyone working in medicine, philosophy, bioethics, or law would do well to read Kaposy’s Choosing Down Syndrome. It is important, challenging, and thought‐provoking.
1 Introduction 1
2 Ongoing Debates about the Ethics of Prenatal Genetic Testing for Down Syndrome 17
3 Autobiographical Accounts of Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome 37
4 Adaptive Preference and Empirical Research about Families of Children with Down Syndrome 57
5 The Wrongful Disability Objection 73
6 Is Selective Termination Morally Wrong? 105
7 Down Syndrome: Identity and Disability, a Normative Pragmatic Account 125
8 Conclusion: The Negative Influence of Capitalism on Reproductive Selectivity 149