“The Ethics of Genetic Testing”

In Roy Beran (ed.), Legal and Forensic Medicine. pp. 1519- 1533. (2013)
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A number of ethicists have argued that testing for the avoidance of serious genetic and congenital disorders in future people is morally objectionable. They have argued that (a) prenatal testing is tantamount to eugenics and is hence immoral; (b) testing is motivated by frivolous reasons, hence is discrim- inatory; (c) prenatal screening expresses negative attitudes toward disability; and (d) society needs the diversity provided by disabled people. This article suggests that this cluster of arguments does not provide persuasive reasons for limiting access or development of such technologies.



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