Towards an Ethically Sensitive Implementation of Non-invasive Prenatal Screening in the Global Context

Towards an Ethically Sensitive Implementation of Non-invasive Prenatal Screening in the Global Context

Published August 2017

Summary: 

“Western” moral assumptions permeate the debate over how to use cell-free DNA screening to identify genetic conditions in a developing fetus. In different cultures and contexts, however, different moral concerns may arise. While its implementation has raised both challenges and opportunities, very little is known about real-world experiences and the implications of the rapid introduction of cell-free DNA screening outside of North America and Europe, especially in low- and middle-income countries. Here, the organizers of an international, interdisciplinary workshop on cell-free DNA screening highlight eight key insights that arose during the workshop’s discussions.

Citation and link:

Mozersky J, Ravitsky V, Michie M, Chandrasekharan S, Rapp R, Allyse M. (2017) Towards an ethically sensitive implementation of non invasive prenatal screening in the global context. Hastings Center Report 47(2):41-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/hast.690

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