Under what circumstances would a pregnant and passionately pro-life woman get an amniocentesis. According to Wikipedia, amniocentesis is

a medical procedure used in prenatal diagnosis of genetic abnormalities and fetal infections [1], in which a small amount of amniotic fluid, which contains fetal tissues, is extracted from the amnion or amniotic sac surrounding a developing fetus, and the fetal DNA is examined for genetic abnormalities.

Many women get this procedure in order to discover early in pregnancy if they have a Down Syndrome child in order to abort it. But the procedure itself poses a small but real risk to the unborn child, according to studies. Wiki again:

Due to the low incidence of Down syndrome, a vast majority of early screen positives are false.[22] Since false positives typically prompt an amniocentesis to confirm the result, and the amniocentesis carries a small risk of inducing miscarriage, there is a slight risk of miscarrying a healthy fetus. (The added miscarriage risk from an amniocentesis is traditionally quoted as 0.5%, but recent studies suggest that it may be considerably smaller (0.06%), not statistically different from zero.[23])

A 2002 literature review of elective abortion rates found that 91–93% of pregnancies in the United States with a diagnosis of Down syndrome were terminated.[24]

So why would a pro-life woman get such a test? It poses a potential risk to then life of the child - and pro-life faith holds that the child should not be risked in any way unless to save the life of the mother. To risk the life of a child in order merely to give a woman the advance knowledge that she has a child with Down Syndrome makes a lot of sense for most women. I just don't see how it makes sense for someone passionately pro-life.
 

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