Prenatal Genetic Testing and the Ethical Controversies

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15 April 2015




Prenatal Genetic Testing and The Ethical Controversies Introduction
Every introduction should start with a shocking fact about the topic, generally to piqué the interest of the reader. The problem is, surrounding the topic of prenatal genetic testing, there isn’t anything that is particularly shocking or interesting anymore. Anything that has a potential to injure a
‘helpless’ fetus, the public has already been informed of and the information has already been extremely exaggerated. The myth of prenatal genetic testing being dangerous has been greatly over told, and is a rather old notion according to a great number of medical journals such as: United States
National Library (Gates, 2009), UConn (Pennington, 2011), and many others listed in the references page. Prenatal genetic testing is the process of testing for potential genetic disorders or defects. Doctors and geneticist can now test for over 4000 diseases that are caused or influenced by a fetus’ genetic makeup. The tests can be invasive or non­invasive, and the risks associated with both categories of tests have been greatly reduced since genetic testing was first introduced to modern medicine. Although the risks to the mother and the fetus, there are still many ethical controversies discussed among people who actually are informed about the subject. Despite the excessive amount of controversy and myths surrounding it, prenatal genetic has the possibility to be a constructive process under certain choice circumstances. Prenatal Genetic Counselling
Before a family even considers…...

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