Dr. Donna Harrison, who leads the American Association of Pro-Life Ob/Gyns, tells AFN the screening tests provide a hint or suggestion about an abnormality such as Down syndrome but the result it not, by itself, a diagnosis.
“Only one-third of the tests that are positive will actually be true positive,” the physician explains. “That means two out of three times that those tests are positive a baby's completely normal and does not have Down syndrome.”
In fact, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has said the tests can provide false results but a pregnant and scared woman typically doesn’t know that.
“The tragedy is,” Harrison tells AFN, “no one is telling her Hey, look, don't do that on the basis of a screening test.”
The physician calls it a “truth in advertising” issue that leads to abortions, and the companies behind the products should be held accountable, she says.