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Running head: Ethical Concerns in Prenatal testing
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Ethical Concerns in Prenatal Testing
Prenatal testing focuses on detecting potential abnormalities within the fetus through
prenatal screening and testing of the pregnancy while in its early stages. The laboratory practice
of prenatal testing has been faced with various ethical concerns regarding the use of information
in non-clinical contexts. Technology in prenatal testing has moved a step to involve non-
inversion prenatal testing that promises little harm to pregnant women. Major ethical emphasis
has been raised over the social attitude towards the high-risk fetus, non-clinical uses of genetic
information, and the harm associated with prenatal testing.
Non-inversion prenatal testing emerges as a new technology for testing of a single gene
disorder. Ethical concerns have based their great consideration on autonomy, privacy, and
fairness of NIPT (Lewis et al 2013). Various factors such as, social attitude, simplicity, and
safety of non-inversion prenatal testing and social intervention in funding the tests have placed
much pressure on women to take involuntary tastings which are morally wrong. For instance, a
large number of women are seeking help from the NIP test and feel that they may get helped
immediately they get tested. Rather NIP only provides information about the fetus's genetic
status.
NIP does not provide meaningful options to the parent rather than two options of either
continuing with the pregnancy or terminating it. (De Jong, & Wart). therefore they should
consider not making NIP more attractive to women leading to their increased involuntary testing
hence it does not have any immediate help to them. Leaving pregnant mothers with only two
options of which none is beneficial to them is making their situations even worse than before.
NIPT therefore should consider providing helpful options that prove greater social benefits for
pregnant mothers. Giving them only two options risks the life of the innocent fetus and that of
the mother too.

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1 Running head: Ethical Concerns in Prenatal testing Ethical concerns in prenatal testing Name of student Name of institution 2 Ethical Concerns in Prenatal Testing Prenatal testing focuses on detecting potential abnormalities within the fetus through prenatal screening and testing of the pregnancy while in its early stages. The laboratory practice of prenatal testing has been faced with various ethical concerns regarding the use of information in non-clinical contexts. Technology in prenatal testing has moved a step to involve noninversion prenatal testing that promises little harm to pregnant women. Major ethical emphasis has been raised over the social attitude towards the high-risk fetus, non-clinical uses of genetic information, and the harm associated with prenatal testing. Non-inversion prenatal testing emerges as a new technology for testing of a single gene disorder. Ethical concerns have based their great consideration on autonomy, privacy, and fairness of NIPT (Lewis et al 2013). Various factors such as, social attitude, simplicity, and safety of non-inversion prenatal testing and social intervention in funding the tests have placed much pressure on women to take in ...
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