Disability rights critique of prenatal genetic testing: Reflections and recommendations
Article first published online: 13 FEB 2003
Copyright © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.
Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Research Reviews
Volume 9, Issue 1, pages 40–47, 2003
How to Cite
Parens, E. and Asch, A. (2003), Disability rights critique of prenatal genetic testing: Reflections and recommendations. Ment. Retard. Dev. Disabil. Res. Rev., 9: 40–47. doi: 10.1002/mrdd.10056
- Issue published online: 13 FEB 2003
- Article first published online: 13 FEB 2003
- Manuscript Accepted: 11 DEC 2002
- Manuscript Received: 5 DEC 2002
- prenatal genetic testing;
- genetic counseling;
Using prenatal tests to prevent the birth of babies with disabilities seems to be self-evidently good to many people. Even if the testing will not help bring a healthy baby to term this time, it gives prospective parents a chance to try again to conceive. To others, however, prenatal testing looks rather different. If one thinks about the history of our society's treatment of people with disabilities, it is not hard to see why people identified with the disability rights movement might regard such testing as dangerous. For the members of this movement, living with disabling traits need not be detrimental to an individual's prospects of leading a worthwhile life, or to the families in which they grow up, or to society at large. Although the movement has no one position on prenatal diagnosis, many of its adherents believe that public support for prenatal diagnosis and abortion based on disability contravenes the movement's basic philosophy and goals. MRDD Research Reviews 2003;9:40–47. © 2003 Wiley-Liss, Inc.