Autonomy and freedom of choice in prenatal genetic diagnosis
Medicine, Health Care and Philosophy: A European Journal 2002; 5(1): 65-71
An increase in autonomy and freedom is often considered one of the main arguments in favour of a broad use of genetic testing. Starting from Gerald Dworkin's reflections on autonomy and choice this article examines some of the implications which accompany the increase in choices offered by prenatal genetic diagnosis. Although personal autonomy and individual choice are important aspects in the legitimation of prenatal genetic diagnosis, it seems clear that an increase in choice offered by prenatal genetic diagnosis also leads to various implications that may negatively influence the freedom of the persons involved.
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