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Genetic Testing

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Genetic Testing Genetics is the science of examining the basis of heredity. Genetic testing involves removing genetic material from a person to study their genotype - the set of genetic instructions that dictate the characteristics of an individual. Scientists have been able to identify certain genetic traits as contributing to some diseases and medical conditions. For example, we know that Down's Syndrome is caused by having an extra chromosome (47 rather than the normal 46). Medicine now has the ability to conduct genetic tests on pre-born children and determine a diagnosis of Down's Syndrome well before birth. ...read more.

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Thus genetic testing is now used to identify pre-born children with "defective" genetic codes and then kill them through abortion. Increasingly, genetic testing appears to be used toward eugenic purposes. That is, certain "undesirable" genetic traits are identified and then eliminated - by eliminating the person who has those traits. As the late ethicist Paul Ramsey tirelessly reminded doctors and researchers, the goal of medicine and science should always be to care for patients, never to kill them. Population "The most merciful thing a large family can do for one of its infant members is to kill it," wrote Margaret Sanger, founder of Planned Parenthood, in 1920. ...read more.

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Abortion is an act of violence that kills an unborn child and hurts the mother who has one. True compassion for people in difficult circumstances involves not killing them but caring for their physical, economic, emotional, and spiritual needs. Ohio Right to Life affirms that people are gifts to be cherished, not problems to eliminated. The top ten countries in the world, based on highest total population: Country 1997 Population (in Millions) 2000 Population (in Millions) China 1,237 1,264 India 970 1,002 USA 268 275 Indonesia 204 212 Brazil 160 170 Russia 147 145 Pakistan 138 150 Japan 126 126 Bangladesh 122 128 Nigeria 107 123 ...read more.

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