Let me be clear from the beginning here. I’m not saying there are no good reasons to get prenatal testing. But there are some reasons that are not good reasons to do so.
No matter how sophisticated it may be, no prenatal test can predict the impact that your child’s life will have on the world.
The doctors and scientific tests can tell you some facts – which are often helpful. But the human experience is not summed up by statistics and calculations. And our worth is not determined by our quantitative abilities or by whether we meet some arbitrary standard of those who happen to be walking about.
Worse yet is a movement to snuff out birth “defects” – not by stopping the defects, but by stopping the birth. This reveals the common and tragic misunderstanding of what makes a life worth living.
There is a mystery and beauty to every life – as imperfect as we all are. There is an adventure that unfolds when we let life happen. It may be short or long. It’s always challenging, but always a gift. And we must resist the urge to try to completely control it. The fact that you can’t predict life’s wonders and surprises is one of the things that makes it so worth living.
So if you find that you need to do prenatal testing, do so for the right reasons. Aside from things like amniocentesis being very dangerous (1 in 100-250 chance your baby dies as a result of it) and the fact that none of it is 100% accurate, we are starting to walk a fine line between being smart…and spoiling the surprise of a beautiful adventure.