"They Can Have A Dog": Mother Doesn't Want Her Daughter With Down's Syndrome To Have Children
August 9, 2019 17:06 By Fabiosa
The chromosome abnormality of Down Syndrome makes it very difficult for the cells to develop into viable eggs or sperm.
Can a person with Down syndrome have a baby?
Men with Down Syndrome were thought to be unable to father children at all, but there has been a proven case of an unaffected child whose father has Down Syndrome.
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Women who have Down syndrome are able to have children; they, however, have a 35-50% chance that their baby will have Down syndrome.
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Taking those statistics together, it looks as if two people affected with Down Syndrome would almost never be able to produce any offspring. Yet, people with the disease still have chances to have a healthy baby... If only their parents would allow them!
"They can have a dog"
A mother of a young Australian woman with Down syndrome said she doesn't want her daughter with Down's Syndrome to have children.
Maria feared she would be the primary caregiver if her daughter Alex, 24, had children with her husband Ryan, 22, who also has Down's Syndrome.
The young couple dream about having their own family one day.
When asked if they wanted children, Alex said "that would be good" and Ryan added: "I do!" But Maria never wants that to happen saying:
"There is no way that Alex and Ryan will have children"
The mum added:
"It would be up to Glen(her husband) and I to raise it and we're ageing. We just couldn't possibly raise another child. No. They can have a dog."
A leading Australian disability charity lambasted her suggestion that people with Down's Syndrome can't raise their children.
While it's not difficult to understand the mother's concern, the couple still has right the same rights to bodily integrity, to family and relationships as any of us and it's not the decisions of the parents.
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