Verinata Health describes their purpose this way:
Verinata Health, Inc. (Verinata), a privately-held company, is driven by a sole and extraordinary purpose — maternal and fetal health. Our initial focus is to develop and offer non-invasive tests for early identification of fetal chromosomal abnormalities through our proprietary technologies.
They are very careful not to use the words terminate, termination or abortion on their website. But that’s really what this is about – finding out early in a pregnancy if a child has Down syndrome and then ending the pregnancy.
Matthew Rabinowitz, CEO of Gene Security Network – yet another company that is developing tests for Down syndrome – clarified what it means for parents:
“If a couple finds an abnormality, and chooses to terminate the pregnancy, it’s better to do it earlier,” Rabinowitz said in a telephone interview.
Explain to me exactly how this improves maternal and fetal health?
I’m a big proponent of scientific research so that we can save and improve the lives of more babies. But this isn’t about saving babies. I would be ok, even in a down economy, with fewer businesses like these.
Contrast that news with the work one brother did to serve his brother with autism: he created an iPad app! Why did he create it?
“I found that parents and therapists felt the communication apps currently on the market were very limiting, over priced, and not user friendly,” says Izak.
I’m not endorsing this product as I’ve never even seen it yet alone used it.
But wouldn’t it be great if more people invested into the lives of people with all kinds of disabilities, rather than sought profits through destroying them? What kind of benefits would we all experience if we worked harder to see the gifts people with disabilities have and then let them use those gifts for God’s glory and for our good?