pre-natal testing

Woman describes pressure to accept fetal testing

By Sarah Terzo

One mother spoke about how a doctor tried to pressure her into having tests done on her preborn baby to see if the child was disabled. The implication is that disabled babies will be aborted. She didn’t want to abort her baby and would’ve accepted a disabled child:

“I don’t think that the test for disability in the unborn child is presented as a choice. When I said I didn’t want to be tested, the doctor was shocked, and she tried to talk me into it because it’s an easy test. Everybody gets it done nowadays. It’s simple.

But I don’t think there is a choice. I think that we’re pressurized into taking as many of these tests as are available.”

T Shakespeare, “Choices and rights: eugenics, genetics and disability equality” Disability & Society, 13:665 – 681.

Editor’s note. This appeared at Clinic Quotes and is reposted with permission. 

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