Journal article

'Is it better not to know certain things?': views of women who have undergone non-invasive prenatal testing on its possible future applications

Hilary Bowman-Smart, Julian Savulescu, Cara Mand, Christopher Gyngell, Mark D Pertile, Sharon Lewis, Martin B Delatycki

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2019

Abstract

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is at the forefront of prenatal screening. Current uses for NIPT include fetal sex determination and screening for chromosomal disorders such as trisomy 21 (Down syndrome). However, NIPT may be expanded to many different future applications. There are a potential host of ethical concerns around the expanding use of NIPT, as examined by the recent Nuffield Council report on the topic. It is important to examine what NIPT might be used for before these possibilities become consumer reality. There is limited research exploring views of women on possible future uses of NIPT, particularly those of women who have undergone NIPT. In this study, we examined the v..

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