Colloquium: Prenatal screening: ethical issues

vrijdag 29 juni 2018 10:00 - 11:45

Colloquium APH (former EMGO+ ) research group Community Genetics

Prenatal testing and parental responsibilities
Impact of women’s views about their moral responsibilities toward their decisions regarding participation in prenatal testing
Elisa Garcia Postdoc Community Genetics

Implementation of non-invasive prenatal testing for Down, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome (NIPT) yields great expectations as it provides women with (more) accurate and information about the health of the foetus without additional risks for both mother and foetus. However, the expected benefits of the implementation of NIPT depend on whether women succeed in making informed choices in accordance within their moral values and beliefs regarding their parental responsibilities. To shed light on the impact of the availability of non-invasive testing on autonomous decision making, we explored the ethical considerations underlying women’s decisions to undergo prenatal screening.

The role of experiential knowledge in prenatal screening decisions
Isabel Koopmanschap
Student of Social Sciences (University of Amsterdam)

Personal experiences might provide pregnant women with information that is not available through information leaflets and encounters with health care professionals. However, little is known about how such experiential knowledge is adopted in practice and what the impact is for reproductive decisions. How do pregnant women use experiential knowledge when making a decision whether to undergo prenatal testing for Down, Edwards’ and Patau’s syndrome? And what are the possible implications for informed decision-making?

Date: Friday, 29 June 2018
Time: 10.00 – 11.45 pm
Location: Room H161, Medical Faculty, VUmc, Van der Boechorststraat 7,

Visitors from outside Amsterdam UMC are also welcome!
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