In a stark contrast, many parents abandon pregnancies where the child is found to have Down syndrome while an increasing number of couples want to adopt children with the disorder. Today nearly 200 families are on a waiting list to adopt children who have Down syndrome. And the reasons vary wildly. Some parents already have a child with the condition; others want to adopt a child with Down syndrome out of a sense of altruism, reports The Washington Post. To read more click here. Meanwhile, other reports have pointed to parents who want a child they believe will have a huge heart and remain lovable even as they age.

But what does it mean when people make a disability a “commodity” in the adoption of a child? Is it appropriate or fair to seek out a child based on characteristics of a group they belong to?

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