Prior to completing this discussion, please read Module 3 in the
textbook, view the Prenatal Genetic Counseling video, and review any
relevant Instructor Guidance.
Our advances in genetics have opened the door to improvements in the
quality of life for many children, and have also initiated many
debates on the ethical and moral considerations of genetic testing and
intervention. In this discussion, you will have the opportunity to
demonstrate a foundational knowledge of a child's developmental
continuum from conception by addressing one of these debates for your
From the required resources consulted, identify two genetic tests
routinely offered to women during their pregnancy. Citing at least one
of these or other scholarly resources of information, describe at
least two benefits and two risks of each procedure. In your opinion,
do the benefits of these procedures outweigh the risks posed to either
the mother or fetus? Why or why not? Apply this information by
choosing one of the scenarios below and address the specific issues
presented backing up your opinions with reference from your sources:
Then, address one of the following scenarios:
Scenario A: Sarah and Tony are expecting their
first child. When the doctor asks the couple if they are interested
in having an invasive genetic test done, Sarah says, “yes”, but Tony is
more hesitant and would prefer not to take the risk. What is the
father’s role in this decision, considering the historical and
contextual role of fathers in making decisions regarding pregnancy?
What other issues, including family history, financial constraints, or
ethics/morals, play in the decision of whether or not these parents
should receive genetic testing?
Scenario B: Kerry and Greg just found out that they
are expecting a baby. Greg knows that there is a family history of
sickle cell mutation, and is worried. When their doctor announces a
brand new experimental procedure to intervene while the fetus is in
utero and correct the mutation, Greg is very excited. Kerry, however,
is concerned about the risks and what it would mean to alter the
genetics of their unborn child. Provide an argument either for or
against intervening with genetic development prior to birth in order to
prevent developmental, learning/cognitive, or physical disabilities.
What about altering things like hair or eye color, sex, or cosmetic
issues (like missing or deformed limbs)? At what point do we draw the
line between improving the quality of life and incorporating
unnecessary risk in the quest for perfection?