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Refusing to provide a prenatal test: can it ever be ethical?

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 30 November 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:1173

Rights of future children

  1. Tom W Shakespeare, research fellow
  1. 1Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 7RU

Contrary to Duncan and Foddy,1 I would argue that clinicians who refuse a test in these circumstances are not being paternalistic, they are upholding the rights of a future child over the rights of parents. The right not to know a genetic diagnosis, or to decide for oneself when to …

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