It’s taken all this time, but I finally see the light – and I want to offer my deepest apologies to my family and society for allowing my head to be clouded by silly emotions like motherly love for so long, and my most heartfelt thanks to companies like Sequenom and Verinata Health for working so hard to stay on the cutting edge of technology and develop state of the art prenatal screenings that make it easier than ever to determine as soon as possible if a pregnant woman is carrying an imperfect fetus. It was this article that finally got through to me how important it is for every woman – but especially those deemed high risk by their health care providers (even if that “high risk” is based only on statistics and not actual subjective information) – to take advantage of the advances in “preventative” medicine these companies have developed for us, and to find out if she’s carrying a baby with a chromosomal abnormality as soon as possible so that companies like Sequenom and Verinata Health can improve their profit margins, and the “economic impact” of allowing these defective babies to be born can be mitigated. And we all know what I mean by “mitigate.” Yes, abortion of a fetus with a “severe developmental disability” like Down syndrome is unpleasant to think about, so just try to go to your happy place. Anyway, let’s face facts: better to do it early before the mother has a chance to get attached, and besides, what’s the alternative? To allow the world to be overrun by a bunch of retards?
I know I never asked for better, earlier, more accurate prenatal tests to be developed, and as far as I know, none of the women I’ve ever known has demanded it either. But these companies and the medical community are actually doing us a favor. They know what’s best for us. What are we but a bunch of incubators of potential problems, and filled with all kinds of frivolous emotions to boot?
I was being selfish when I declined prenatal screenings. It was silly to see that tiny little heart winking away at me on the ultrasound screen at eight weeks pregnant and to think of that little creature as human, as my future son or daughter. It was extremely shortsighted of me to decide that I would take and love whatever baby sprung from my womb, because if we were in a position to have a baby, then we were in a position to have any baby.
How was I to know I would end up with this?
And to think I could have avoided all those struggles with breastfeeding! What was I thinking, that all that time and effort would pay off? And for what? A walking, breathing burden. I didn’t realize he was a burden . . . if only this article had been published sooner! If only these tests, these wonderful tests with their snazzy marketing campaigns, had been available four years ago! Of course, even then there was amnio and CVS . . . what was I thinking? Selfish. And now I have to pay the price – my whole family has to pay the price.
Okay, so maybe our minds and hearts have been broadened by this little boy. Maybe my other kids and my husband and I have gained compassion for all humankind and learned how to embrace diversity. So what? Such small potatoes compared to the profits companies like Sequenom and Verinata Health could have made off of us, and the immeasurable cost to society Finn will have over his pathetic lifetime. I mean, gosh! We all know how important it is to make a buck and save a buck – especially in today’s economy! If we all dig down deep, we can all see that the bottom line really is more important than human life – especially imperfect human life.
Yeah, totally a life not worth living.