Tag Archives: Genetic testing

New blood test=large increase in babies diagnosed with medical problems who are aborted


By Dave Andrusko It’s bad enough that the Daily Mail reported that as a result of new tests, the number of babies diagnosed with genetic anomalies who were aborted soared by 34% between 2011 and 2014 [www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3123078/New-blood-test-blamed-women-choosing-abort-babies-s-syndrome-disabilities-soars-34-three-years.html]. But it gets

Genetic counselors and sex selection abortions


  By Sarah Terzo Rayna Rapp interviewed counselors at genetic clinics where women came to have their babies tested for disabilities including Down syndrome. The counselors then discussed with the women whether or not they would have abortions. Many of

“Regardless of size, shape or differences, each unborn child is one of a kind”


  By Dave Andrusko After all this time, I still have to remind myself that writers (and certainly those not working for a newspaper) don’t write headlines. That’s why “My view: Parental pains, birth defects and abortion” can be so

Eugenic Pre-Natal Cleansing Spreads to Autism


By Wesley J. Smith More boys than girls have autism, so now, an Australian IVF clinic will search out male embryos for destruction before implantation, e.g., sex selection. A bioethicist thinks that accepting pre-natal autism cleansing needs to be respectfully

New England Journal of Medicine study could spur call for wider use of prenatal genetic scanning


By Dave Andrusko A nationwide study of 4,400 women published in Thursday’s New England Journal of Medicine found that scanning the genes of unborn babies “reveals far more about potential health risks than current prenatal testing does,” according to Marilynn

The New Eugenics: Engineering “Moral Enhancement” by embryo screening and selective abortion

Julian Savulescu

By Richard Weikart Recently Oxford philosophy professor Julian Savulescu moved his campaign for “moral enhancement” out of the ivory tower and into the mainstream. This month Reader’s Digest is carrying his article, “It’s Our Duty to Have Designer Babies,” in

NBC’s Nancy Snyderman: It’s ‘Pro-Science’ to Abort Children With Genetic Defects

Nancy Snyderman

By Kyle Drennen Editor’s note. This appeared last week at http://newsbusters.org/blogs/kyle-drennen/2012/06/08/nbcs-snyderman-its-pro-science-abort-children-genetic-defects and is reprinted with permission. The topic was a new non-invasive  procedure that may allow women someday to test their unborn babies for more than 3,500 genetic disorders that

New Test opens “Pandora’s Box”

By Dave Andrusko We’ve written two stories about a very important topic—a new noninvasive procedure that may allow women someday to test their unborn babies for more than 3,500 genetic disorders. Needless to add, there are ethical concerns galore in

Geneticist claims that weeding out embryos with severe genetic abnormalities is ‘a tremendous blessing and a wonderful thing’

By Peter Saunders Editor’s note. Dr. Saunders is a former general surgeon and CEO of Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organization with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members.  A consultant in genetic medicine has said that he

Parents can have a duty to use pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, say bioethicists


By Michael Cook Editor’s note. This appears at www.bioedge.org/index.php/bioethics/bioethics_article/10016 and is reprinted with permission. When two Italian-Australian utilitarian bioethicists declared in the Journal of Medical Ethics that infanticide (or after-birth abortions) were morally permissible, they lit the fuse on a

The Joy of Parenting Children with Down Syndrome

By Wesley J. Smith Pre natal genetic testing has turned into a search and destroy eugenic abortion mission that targets fetuses with Down syndrome, dwarfism, and other genetic conditions. Indeed, we know that about 90% of such nascent humans become

Infant Genetic Screening Financial and “Quality of Life Ethic” Worries

By Wesley J. Smith Editor’s note. This appears at Wesley’s terrific blog. As we have discussed here before, preventive screening has, in some cases, become controversial.  Example: PSA blood tests for signs of prostate cancer.  Some believe that false positives

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