AMNIOCENTESIS

 

Sir, To provide a service which carries a risk of 1/2 to 1 per cent abortion and to make no effort to dissuade the mother not to kill the other patient her handicapped child, does appear to be a very positive abortion indicator.

The mothers who deliver handicapped babies are naturally very upset. However, invariably, if seen 1-2 years later they come to regard their baby as a very special gift.

These children very often generate great strength and generosity within the family circle which spreads to the local community.

Their value cannot be measured in economic terms, but it is appropriate that the handicapped are cherished and their contribution to society recognised in practical terms by the local community and central government. Yours, etc., Obstetrician, Letterkenny, Co Donegal.