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Study: Mass. Women More Apt to End Down Syndrome Pregnancies

April 18, 2016

(Boston Herald) – “Down syndrome is a canary in a coal mine in a lot of ways,” said Dr. Brian Skotko of MassGeneral Hospital for Children and senior author of the study. “It’s reflective of how we practice medicine with these tests and how it’s changing.” The paper, published in the journal Genetics in Medicine on Thursday, shows a national trend that seems to be magnified in Massachusetts, due in part to the widespread access to health care and medical technologies, authors say. The study found higher numbers of abortions in the Northeast and Hawaii and the lowest number in the South.

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