Etiske overvejelser om fosterdiagnostik

Josephine Søgaard Andersen, Amphon Phoruen, Mohammed Saleh & Stine Drews

Student thesis: Termpaper


This paper is about the ethical questions concerning what is right and wrong of conducting prenatal diagnoses and how the advancement in technologies and knowledge of the fetus’ condition affect certain population groups. Today, one can, to some extent, choose their own children. It is the advanced technology that ensures this. This is where the ethical issues are emerging. What is the limit for an ethically acceptable intervention? Prenatal diagnosis is done by conducting various tests and scans. If you find out from the test results that the fetus’ condition is not normal, e.g. if the child is born with a spine problem and thus has a few weeks to live, then abortion is recommended. But if the test results reveal the fetus’ gender and the gender is undesirable for the parents, there is no reason to have an abortion on the basis of this knowledge. This is where there is a very thin line between ethically acceptable and ethically unacceptable birth defect for a fetus. We have concluded that all the information a pregnant woman gets concerning prenatal diagnosis does not always equal happiness, and having an abortion is not necessarily better than having a child with Down’s syndrome.

EducationsBasic - Bachelor Study Program in Humanistisk-Technology, (Bachelor Programme) Basic
Publication date15 Jan 2013
SupervisorsErling Jelsøe


  • Etik
  • Abort
  • Downs
  • Fosterdiagnostik
  • Organisationer
  • Det etiske råd
  • Downs syndrom