Choosing Not to Test for Down Syndrome

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Amy Julia Becker is like a lot of mothers in America. She’s in her early thirties. She’s married. She has two kids, and a third on the way.

But here’s where she might be considered slightly different: of her two children, one has Down Syndrome. And when it comes to her current pregnancy, she and her husband have decided NOT to have the fetus screened for Down Syndrome.

Becker shares her story, and the reasons behind her choice.

Barbara Katz Rothman also joins the conversation. A professor of sociology at the City University of New York, she’s written extensively on issues of motherhood and pregnancy, including the book “The Tentative Pregnancy: How Amniocentesis Changes the Experience of Motherhood.”