Genetic Screening: A Comparative Analysis of Three Recent Reports
ten Have, Henk
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1997 Jun; 23(3): 135-141.
Three recent reports on genetic screening published in the United Kingdom, Denmark and the Netherlands are discussed. Comparison of the Dutch report with the Danish and the Nuffield reports reveals that the Dutch report focuses on the aim of enlarging the scope for action, emphasising protection of autonomy and self-determination of the screenee more than the other two reports. The three reports have in common that the main concern is with concrete issue such as stigmatisation, discrimination, protection of the private sphere and issues linked with labour and insurance. Some potential long term consequences, however, tend to be neglected or underestimated. These omissions are pointed out.
Abortion; Advisory Committees; Autonomy; Bioethics; Comparative Studies; Confidentiality; Costs and Benefits; Counseling; Consent; Decision Making; Directive Counseling; Disclosure; Discrimination; Education; Ethics; Eugenics; Family Members; Genetic Counseling; Genetic Disorders; Genetic Information; Genome; Goals; Government; Government Regulation; Genetic Screening; Health; Human Genome; Informed Consent; Insurance; International Aspects; Late-Onset Disorders; Life; Life Style; Patients; Psychological Stress; Public Policy; Regulation; Reproduction; Selective Abortion; Social Discrimination; Social Impact; Stigmatization; Uncertainty;
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