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I dlwrdwca Earlier prenatal screening for Down syndrome has some people worried that abortions will increase. A support group wants doctors to present pregnant women with more options. rl*, nlM out of 10 worntn BY SAKAII LAKSON athryn Drenth is 2, loves Goldfish crackers and can sign more than 30 . words, including "cry" when she hears a baby wail. Roman Santoro, also 2, likes to play in the dirt, loves "Shrek" and enjoys pulling things out of drawers. They both have an extra 21st chromosome. To most of the world, that's called Down syndrome. To their mothers, Mariah Drenth and Diana Santoro, both of Nock- amixon, they are just kids. "Other people might look at him and see a condition," Sanloro said ol Roman. "But on any given day, he is a tyrant, a clown and a snuggle bunny, just like any oilier 2' year-old." year-old." Drenth and Sanloro worry llial more kids like Kathryn and Roman will never he born, il earlier prenatal tests lead lo more abortions abortions ol fetuses believed lo have Down syndrome. syndrome. Doctors can now identity, early in pregnancy, pregnancy, whether an unborn baby lias a grealer chance ol having Down syndrome, and dial test may soon be routine. The American Academy <>l Obstetricians and (iynecolo- gisl-, now recommends all pregnant wunn.ii be sci LCI it (I liii l)ov\ n, not insl 11 lose at David Garrutt Tim Intelligence Roman Santoro, 2, plays with blocks while Nicholas Drenth, 1, watches at Calvary Church in Hilltown. higher risk because ol age or lamily Insloi Advocates say llie tests will give expectant expectant couples more mlornuilion so they ea alcr and more private or so they icnamiK lo raise a child with RISK, / < A 2 INSIDE SUNDAY

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  1. The Daily Intelligencer,
  2. 06 Jan 2008, Sun,
  3. Page 1

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