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Genetic Testing On The Unborn To Detect Disability On The Rise But Is It Ethical

August 7. 2013

Genetic testing has become more prominent regarding unborn babies. Men and women are opting for genetic tests to detect disability in their unborn, which sadly leads to more abortions. Recessive traits in one or both parents can cause severe disability, but so can exposure to toxic substances during pregnancy (accidentally such as carcinogens or intentionally due to drug addiction) and accidents in the delivery room.

The genetic tests available are not always accurate, as researchers and doctors have found. There are cases where the tests failed to detect disability and others where it detected health issues that were not present in the unborn baby. It is not an exact science at this point in time.

Everyone wants their baby to be born healthy with every advantage in life. However, it does not always happen that way and for many it is devastating. It is not that they do not love their child, but they want them to be completely healthy. Some babies are born with mental and or physical disabilities and there is nothing wrong with that. It does not mean they are less than anyone else. There are mentally disabled people that show greater talents than some individuals without disability.

There are millions of disabled people in the world, who lead very productive lives. Having written that, specific disabilities do carry a shorter life expectancy and parents face the heartbreak of their offspring’s early death. However, science is working to treat disability, in an effort to increase mental and physical capacity and life span.


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