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Prenatal Testing and Reproductive Freedom: A Mother´s Right to Choose
Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication, Centre for Applied Ethics. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The aim of this thesis is to analyse and examine the debate on prenatal testing in Western countries, with a special focus on my own country, Sweden. In the near future it might be possible for a pregnant woman to profile the DNA of her foetus with a simple blood test early in pregnancy. This method of prenatal testing – Non Invasive Prenatal Diagnosis (NIPD) – could potentially detect the genetic causes of almost every disease. I will argue that prenatal testing should be offered by society to all pregnant women, not only to those at highest risk of giving birth to children with severe conditions. I will do that from a perspective of reproductive freedom. Furthermore, I will argue that offering prenatal testing for some conditions (such as Downs’s syndrome) and not for others, is conflicting with the autonomous choice of the pregnant woman.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 34 p.
Keyword [en]
prenatal testing, reproductive freedom, autonomy, severe disease
National Category
Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-110414ISRN: LIU-CTE-AE-EX--14/04--SEOAI: diva2:745613
Subject / course
Master in Applied Ethics
Available from: 2014-09-12 Created: 2014-09-10 Last updated: 2014-09-12Bibliographically approved

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