Thursday, June 7, 2012

Researchers Fear a New Genetic Test Will Lead To More Abortions

A new and relatively easy test, will check unborn babies for 3,500 different genetic faults. The new technology is not that surprising, considering the rapid advances we are making in the genetic field. But, the moral questions need to be answered as well.

Just because we can do it, doesn't mean we ought to do it. Even the scientists themselves raised the question. They are quoted as saying:
“The less tangible implication of incorporating this level of information into pre-natal decision-making raises many ethical questions that must be considered carefully within the scientific community and on a societal level.

“As in other areas of clinical genetics, our capacity to generate data is outstripping our ability to interpret it in ways that are useful to physicians and patients.”
I don't see how it won't lead to more abortions. Currently, about 90% of prenatal children diagnosed with Down Syndrome are aborted.

I have friends who had several signs for Down Syndrome show up on their prenatal tests. One doctor asked "when do you want to schedule the termination?" He didn't even ask if they wanted to keep their baby! Their child does not even have down syndrome, but the assumption was the child should be killed if there is a chance.

 They don't go to that doctor any more.

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