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Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights by Erik Parens
  

Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights

Part of the Hastings Center Studies in Ethics series Series

Synopsis

Prenatal Testing and Disability Rights by Erik Parens

As prenatal tests proliferate, the medical and broader communities perceive that such testing is a logical extension of good prenatal care - it helps parents have healthy babies. But prenatal tests have been criticized by the disability rights community, which contends that advances in science should be directed at improving their lives, not preventing them. Used primarily to decide to abort a fetus that would have been born with mental or physical impairments, prenatal tests arguably reinforce discrimination against and misconceptions about people with disabilities. In these essays, people on both sides of the issue engage in an honest and occasionally painful debate about prenatal testing and selective abortion. The contributors include both people who live with and people who theorize about disabilities, scholars from the social sciences and humanities, medical geneticists, genetic counselors, physicians, and lawyers. Although the essayists don't arrive at a consensus over the disability community's objections to prenatal testing and its consequences, they do offer recommendations for ameliorating some of the problems associated with the practice.

Reviews

Essential reading for anyone working in perinatal medicine and genetic counseling. Health Progress


About the Author

Erik Parens is the associate for philosophical studies at The Hastings Center, Garrison, New York. Adrienne Asch is the Henry L. Luce Professor of Biology, Ethics and Human Reproduction at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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Book Info

Publication date

28th September 2000

Author

Erik Parens

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Publisher

Georgetown University Press

Format

Hardback
392 pages

Categories

Medical ethics & professional conduct
Medical genetics
Disability: social aspects

ISBN

9780878408030

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