Journal article

Is there an ethical difference between preimplantation genetic diagnosis and abortion?

C Cameron, R Williamson

JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ETHICS | BMJ PUBLISHING GROUP | Published : 2003

Abstract

When a person at risk of having a child with a genetic illness or disease wishes to have an unaffected child, this can involve difficult choices. If the pregnancy is established by sexual intercourse, the fetus can be tested early in pregnancy, and if affected a decision can be made to abort in the hope that a future pregnancy with an unaffected fetus ensures. Alternatively, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) can be used after in vitro fertilisation (IVF) to select and implant an unaffected embryo that hopefully will proceed to term and produce a healthy baby. We are aware that many individuals at risk regard the latter as ethically more acceptable than the former, and examine whether t..

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