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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;333:1174

The darker side of medicine

  1. Nushan P Gunawardana, medical student
  1. 1University College London, London WC1E 6BT

Delatycki seems to suggest that testing is offered to those parents who have yet to make a decision as to whether or not to go through with the pregnancy.1 In this situation, however, if the test is negative and the parents subsequently choose to have the baby, has not the child suffered the same breach of rights and confidentiality even though the result itself is negative? Surely the ethical implication is the same. …

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