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Open Access Highly Accessed Research article

Antenatal screening and its possible meaning from unborn baby's perspective

Sahin Aksoy

Author Affiliations

Harran University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine, 63200 Sanliurfa, TURKEY

BMC Medical Ethics 2001, 2:3  doi:10.1186/1472-6939-2-3

Published: 22 May 2001


In recent decades antenatal screening has become one of the most routine procedure of pregnancy-follow up and the subject of hot debate in bioethics circles. In this paper the rationale behind doing antenatal screening and the actual and potential problems that it may cause will be discussed. The paper will examine the issue from the point of wiew of parents, health care professionals and, most importantly, the child-to-be. It will show how unthoughtfully antenatal screening is performed and how pregnancy is treated almost as a disease just since the emergence of antenatal screening. Genetic screening and ethical problems caused by the procedure will also be addressed and I will suggest that screening is more to do with the interests of others rather than those of the child-to be.