Monday, May 7, 2012

Bio ethics

Ethical issues in genetics need consideration in a society with traditional cultural and religious values.It is not ethical to check the sex of the child in the mother's womb if the parents desire to have a child of a particular sex male or female.If however it is dignosed by the physician that the mother's health would be affected if the pregnancy is continued there is justification to terminate the pregnancy through safe procedures.

On the other hand refusal of proven fetal therapy by a woman to save an unborn child is not morally correct.Counselling by the physician highlighting the benefit of therapy is important but the advice tendered should be based on sound diagnosis.In western countries  ethical issues  go beyond the immediate issue of prenatal diagnosis.There are well established screening procedure for detecting genetic disorders.

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