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Chapter-05 Ethical and Legal Issues in Prenatal Diagnosis

BOOK TITLE: Ultrasound Guided ‘Invasive Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques’ Simplified

Author
1. Sahetya Raju R
ISBN
9789352702336
DOI
10.5005/jp/books/14151_6
Edition
1/e
Publishing Year
2018
Pages
2
Author Affiliations
1. Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, A Postgraduate from Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India, Indian Society for Prenatal Diagnosis and Therapy (ISPAT); Pushpaa Hospital, Hinduja Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Chapter keywords
Ethical issue, legal issue, prenatal diagnosis, ethical dilemma, genetic disorder, genetic counseling, pregnancy

Abstract

This chapter describes ethical and legal issues in prenatal diagnosis. Ethical dilemmas abound prenatal diagnosis and will only grow as the technical capabilities of invasive procedures increase. One of the most significant is when it is ethical for a physician to offer a new invasive technique, with a relatively high or unknown risk, to a patient. An ethical dilemma that may arise with increasing frequency in the future relates to the issue of controversial indications for prenatal diagnosis. Another obvious ethical dilemma that arises in any discussion of prenatal diagnosis relates to abortion choices.

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