This is a hypothetical question that my wife and I discussed last night, thought I would bring it up here. I’m not even sure it’s possible.
What if you and your wife were predisposed through genetics to having downs syndrome children? Say a 100% chance of every baby you conceived would have it. What would be the moral thing to do in that case?
I would think that it wouldn’t be moral to keep having children and bringing them into the world with that problem. I would be inclined to practice NFP to prevent it, or take other measures to prevent pregnancy. I understand being open to life, but is it right to continue to bring kids into this world with that problem. Or even any serious issue that you were very sure would have a serious health issue.
I don’t mean for this to be an abortion issue, I’m not talking about that. I mean preventing the pregnancy before hand.
I bring this up because my wife and I saw a woman with 4 children that all had downs syndrome. I’m not sure that they were all hers, and I suspect they weren’t all hers. But I’ve known people who have had multiple downs children and who were told they had an overwhelming chance of always having babies with downs. If you were in that position, would it be right to keep having children knowing they would turn out to have that issue?
My niece has downs, so I’m not discriminating against them, and I understand how special they are and that they are children of God, etc. And I understand when it happens and its not expected. I’m not suggesting that they shouldn’t be born. What I’m asking is, if you know your children will have this issue for sure, should you continue having babies?