Ethical issues in the diagnosis and management of fetal disorders

Ruth Chadwick, Richardo Childs

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The ethics of diagnosis and management of fetal genetic disorders are particularly controversial because of the contested status of the fetus and perceptions of genetics. An additional complicating factor is the potential conflict between mother and fetus. Ethical issues in diagnosis include the nature and purpose of the diagnosis itself, and management of the information. Management of the disorder includes issues of termination as an option, and the emerging field of fetal gene therapy with associated issues of somatic versus germ-line interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)541-550
Number of pages9
JournalBest Practice and Research: Clinical Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


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