Diagnoser - hvordan og hvorfor? Downs syndrom

Margreta Petersen, Stefania Holubko, Maria Fagerberg, Antonia Barding & Kristina Maria Danielsen Eliasen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper examines the multiple dilemmas women experience when discovering that they are expecting a child with Down’s syndrome. Furthermore it questions the level of information regarding the diagnosis, and contains a discussion of the ethical aspects of abortion of these foetuses. Firstly we give an account of the basic knowledge concerning the diagnosis, Down’s syndrome, before we – secondly – analyse our gathered empirical material, using Goffman’s theory of frontstage and backstage, as well as Ivar Morkens notions of normality and deviancy. Finally, through two different ethical theories – deontology and the principle of utility – we discuss positive and negative aspects regarding abortion. Our results show that these women do not receive the right amount of information concerning their unborn child and its diagnosis. Moreover these children differ in an obvious way from what we define as “normal”. In conclusion it is evident, that the level of information regarding this issue is insufficient, which we believe is the main reason for deselecting children with Down’s syndrome. Furthermore it is evident that, no matter how you look at it, abortion will never be ethically right or wrong.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato19 jun. 2013


  • Deontologi
  • Goffman
  • Ivar Morken
  • Utilitarisme
  • Downs syndrom
  • Diagnoser