Journal article

An ethical approach to giving couples information about their fetus

RJ Boyle, L de Crespigny, J Savulescu

HUMAN REPRODUCTION | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2003

Abstract

The amount of information available to couples about the health of their fetus is increasing. An important question in prenatal diagnosis is what information should be given to couples, and how best to present it. It has been argued elsewhere that, in the absence of economic constraints on testing, there is no place for limiting the information available to couples about their fetus. However, not every couple wants all available information, and it is not always clear what couples do want to know. Providing unwanted information about the health of a fetus may be harmful in a number of ways. Herein, the potential harms of being given unwanted information about one's fetus are illustrated by u..

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