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Is It Harder to Have a Child with Down Syndrome?

The conversation sparked by Amy Julia Becker’s guest post last week about her decision not to have prenatal testing is still going strong. One of the many themes in the comments is the “burden” — and the differing perceptions of that word — of raising a child with Down syndrome in particular and with disabilities in general.

Becker, who a seminary graduate who writes often about ethics, has addressed this thread of questions in a post on her own blog, which she’s titled “Is It Harder to Have a Child with Down Syndrome.” She has given my permission to reprint it in its entirety here, as a way to continue what has been a thoughtful exploration of an important subject.

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