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|Title: ||A justifiable alternative|
|Authors: ||Newson, A.J.|
|Issue Date: ||19-Aug-2005|
|Publisher: ||The Times|
|Citation: ||A justifiable alternative: [Final 2 Edition] Newson, Ainsley. The Times [London (UK)] 19 Aug 2005: 3.|
|Abstract: ||The granting of a licence to avoid the birth of children carrying the retinoblastoma gene marks another
direction for pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD). Selection is no longer against disease, but
susceptibility. A child born with retinoblastoma will not definitely fall ill. There are treatments to control it in its
early stages. But this does not mean we should not offer PGD for retinoblastoma.
PGD to avoid the birth of children with genetic diseases has public support, for good reason. Retinoblastoma
is an especially unpleasant disease. It can lead to blindness or death, and treatment often requires
chemotherapy and removal of the eye. This is why prenatal diagnosis in early pregnancy is offered. Yet this is
not an ideal option. A woman may not want to abort on the chance that her child might get cancer. There is
also no guarantee that the next pregnancy will be healthy.
PGD therefore offers a real alternative. The gene is not passed on but no abortion is required.|
|Type of Work: ||Article|
|Type of Publication: ||Publisher version|
|Appears in Collections:||Research Papers and Publications. Sydney Health Ethics|
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