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Ethical considerations in first-trimester Down syndrome risk assessment.

Authors
  • Chervenak, Frank A
  • McCullough, Laurence B
Type
Published Article
Journal
Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
Publisher
Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer) - Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
Publication Date
Apr 01, 2010
Volume
22
Issue
2
Pages
135–138
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/GCO.0b013e3283374a9f
PMID: 20125014
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

On the basis of the ethics of informed consent, we argue that routinely offering first-trimester risk assessment in centers qualified to provide it is ethically obligatory. We describe how pregnant women can be expected to respond to this offer. We then argue that routinely withholding the results of first-trimester risk assessment is ethically unjustified. The ethics of informed consent is an essential dimension of first-trimester risk assessment for trisomy 21.

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