The Burden of Knowledge: Moral Dilemmas in Prenatal Testing. A Documentary (1994)
Producer: Conquest, Wendy; Drake, Bob; and Elliott, Deni
"This provocative documentary explores the difficult ethical issues arising from advances in biotechnology that now make it possible to identify genetic defects during pregnancy. It features interview with seven couples who speak openly and honestly about how they made their individual decisions about prenatal testing -- as well as about how they have dealt with the positive and negative consequences of those decisions. Also included are the comments of geneticists, genetic counselors, physicians, mid-wives, diability activitists and scholars; central to their discussion is a recognition of our society's changing perspectives on disability, which raise new questions about the option of selective abortion. While offering no easy answers the film stresses the importance of acknowledging the ways in which the weight of responsibility for making these decisions has shifted from "experts" to expectant couples. The Burden of Knowledge raises crucial questions about personal responsibility and about the changing roles of science, medicine, and technology in an increasingly complex world." [Description from video cassette]
Abortion; Biotechnology; Disability; Genetic Defects; Knowledge; Medicine; Physicians; Pregnancy; Science; Selective Abortion; Technology; Value / Quality of Life; Abortion; Genetic Counseling / Prenatal Diagnosis; Genetic Screening / Genetic Testing; Neurosciences and Mental Health Therapies; Health Care for Mentally Disabled Persons; Health Care Programs for Women; Health Care for Newborns and Minors; Health Care for Embryos and Fetuses;
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