By Sarah Terzo
An article in the Christian Century tells of the following:
“CAN WE FORECAST a connection between genetic discrimination and selective abortion? Yes. A couple in Louisiana had a child with cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder leading to chronic lung infections and excruciating discomfort.
“When the wife became pregnant with the second child, a prenatal genetic test revealed that the fetus carried the mutant gene for cystic fibrosis.
The couple’s health maintenance organization demanded that they abort. If they refused to abort, the HMO would withdraw coverage from both the newborn and the first child. Only when the couple threatened to sue did the HMO back down and grant coverage for the second child.”
T. Peters, “In search of the perfect child: Genetic testing and selective abortion.” The Christian Century Oct 30, 1996.