CDC, WHO Criticized for Perpetuating Down Syndrome 'Misinformation'

“CDC understands that parents and community members work hard to reduce the stigma that may come with physical differences. We acknowledge that the word ‘defect’ may connote a negative perception,” the CDC statement continues. “The National Birth Defects Prevention Network (NBDPN), and other partners engage in ongoing conversations about the use of the term ‘birth defects’ and value the perspectives of community members most closely affected by this issue.”