New German law bans genetic tests of fetuses for adult illnesses

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 27 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1753
  1. Annette Tuffs
  1. 1Heidelberg

    After 10 years of debate the German parliament has passed a strict law aimed at preventing misuse of genetic tests.

    “[The] purpose of the law is to protect individuals from discrimination because of their genetic constitution,” said the health minister, Ulla Schmidt, last Friday in Berlin.

    The law limits the use of genetic testing on a fetus to purely medical purposes. Parents are not allowed …

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