The ethics of prenatal screening and abortion for fetal abnormality : a personal view.
There are usually good arguments to permits abortion at maternal request, and prenatal screening programmes that lead to abortion need no extra justification insofar as they increase parental choice.
However, in practice, state funded programmes are often also driven by a desire to reduce handicap.
Such eugenic programmes discriminate against the handicaped, and have no failsafe mechanism to prevent their extension to include minor disabilities, or social disadvantage.
Health policy makers should seek decision-making guides, such as the free market, that have such safeguards.
New prenatal screening programmes should not be introduced by state providers until they have first demonstrated demand in the market.
Mots-clés Pascal : Ethique, Avortement provoqué, Foetus pathologie, Dépistage, Prénatal, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Ethics, Induced abortion, Fetal diseases, Medical screening, Prenatal, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0252164
Code Inist : 002B30A09. Création : 01/03/1996.