Concerns have been raised recently that the strides that specialists are making in prenatal genetic testing are leading us down the path of eugenics. Eugenic, of course , is the theory and practice of human improvement by way of genetic manipulation to produce desired traits in a child. If history is any indicator, there is cause for alarm where ethics issues and eugenics are concerned. Eugenics played a clear role in the Nazi ”master race” project and the extermination of millions of people who did not meet Nazi criteria. Can he mistake of the past be avoided?
Doctor and legislators need to be open-minded and willing to hear all opinions on this topic.
Topic” blood test used to screen for Down syndrome during the first trimester of pregnancy.”
Doctor K: the genetic test in question gives us the ability to identify down syndrome in the womb without causing any harm to the fetus through the use of a simple blood test. Down syndrome can bring with it a lifetime of pain and frustration which, in addition to the potential for physical abnormalities, can include a loss of cognitive ability, respiratory problems, heart defects, and more. This test is extremely low risk and almost 200% accurate, there is no reason to view this as ethically questionable. Given parents this information in advance means parents have more options in general, and an opportunity to raise a healthier child.
Why do you feel the way you do about the issue presented?
Of the four responses offered in the scenario, which do you think is the most ethical and why?
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