Children with Down syndrome not only are valuable to God as human beings made in His image, but their family members report they are great blessings.

About 96 percent of parents said they have no regrets about having a child with Down syndrome, according to a new survey. The survey results come at a time when an estimated 90 percent of unborn children in the United States diagnosed with Down syndrome are aborted.

The findings, reported Sept. 30 by HealthDay News, also showed almost 80 percent of parents said their child with Down syndrome has improved their lives. In addition, 94 percent of siblings said they felt “pride” in their brother or sister and 88 percent said their sibling had made them a “better person.”

Virtually all of those with Down syndrome said they were happy and liked who they are, HealthDay News reported.

“The voices we heard were very satisfied and very positive about their lives despite the fact that they have real challenges,” said Brian Skotko, who conducted the surveys, which appear in the October issue of the American Journal of Medical Genetics, according to HealthDay.

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