The Chosen One: Prenatal Genetic Testing

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Every person wants the ability to see into the future more than ever with the technological and medical advances that America has created in the last century. Thanks to the world of genetic testing, families and individuals are now able to see what their health may be like in the coming years. Genetic testing can be done on every person, but required a lot of time and energy to go through with it. For some families the time is well spent when it comes to doing prenatal genetic testing on their new family member. But what about having prenatal genetic tests done on an unborn child who never asked to see what could potentially happen in their lives? What about the parents who want that “perfect child” and knows genetic testing and in vitro fertilization is the only way to have them? Or what about the couple who doesn’t want their child to have a deadly disease that runs in their family and think about terminating the pregnancy according to the results? These questions were never asked in decades before us, but will it cause unknown problems? Genetic testing is creating a discriminatory situation for unborn children who are either being aborted or chosen due to the genes their parents prefer. Consequently, society and families are creating a whole new threat to humanity itself. More and more families are choosing to terminate pregnancies to achieve their perfect child. “Prenatal testing is about reassurance: Couples expect to learn their babies will be fine” (Painter). But in most cases, children are often found to have some genetic mutation. As the child is formed in the womb, many parents, often times, dream of what their unborn child will become later in life. These dreams can create the perfect image every parent wants for their ... ... middle of paper ... ...rivacy and Confidentiality”. Hastings Center Report. Sept./Oct. 1995: 32-39. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Darnvsky, Marcy, and Alexandra Minna Stern. “The Bleak New World of Prenatal Genetics.” Wall Street Journal. 13 Jun. 2013: p. A. 17. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Harmon, Amy. “Genetic Testing + Abortion = ???.” New York Times (New York, NY). 13 May. 2007:1+. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 18 Mar. 2014. Painter, Kim. “Prenatal Genetic Testing: how Much Do You Want to Know?” US TODAY. Aug. 15-17 1997: 1-2. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 10 Mar. 2014. Painter, Kim. “Prenatal Genetic Testing: 3 Families, 3 Decisions.” USA TODAY. Aug. 18 1997: 6D-7D. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Mar. 2014. Szabo, Liz. “Earlier Prenatal Tests Usher In ‘Heartbreaking’ Decisions.” USA TODAY. 02 May. 2013: p. A. 1. SIRS Issues Researcher. Web. 11 Mar. 2014
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