Advances in Prenatal Screening: The Ethical Dimension
de Jong, Antina
Dondorp, Wybo J
Frints, Suzanna G M
de Die-Smulders, Christine E M
de Wert, Guido M W R
Nature reviews. Genetics 2011 August 18; 12(9): 657-63
Prenatal screening strategies are undergoing rapid changes owing to the introduction of new testing techniques. The overall tendency is towards broadening the scope of prenatal testing through increasingly sensitive ultrasound scans and genome-wide molecular tests. In addition, non-invasive prenatal diagnosis is likely to be introduced in the near future. These developments raise important ethical questions concerning meaningful reproductive choice, the autonomy rights of future children, equity of access and the proportionality of testing.
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