Medicine And Books

Ante-Natal Screening and Abortion for Fetal Abnormality

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 01 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1169
  1. Stuart W G Derbyshire, research fellow
  1. University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, PET Facility, USA

    Ed David Paintin: Birth Control Trust, £20, pp 96 ISBN 0 906 233 37 2

    Based on the proceedings of a one day symposium, this book is an excellent reminder that it is possible to have a non-hysterical discussion about abortion. The aim of the symposium was to debate the clinical and ethical issues involved in screening for fetal abnormality, to clarify good practice in respect of late abortion for fetal abnormality, and to discuss the problems of providing a service sympathetic to women.

    The book provides many useful facts and good advice about the practicalities of providing an abortion service. For instance, a current failing is the lack of services for women who have normal pregnancies. In developed countries many pregnant women have antenatal tests, with most turning up nothing …

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