Elizabeth Callinan is a member of the Voice editorial committee and has a keen interest in the ethics of prenatal screening for chromosomal conditions such as Down syndrome. As the Medical Services Advisory Committee debates whether to add Non Invasive Prenatal Screening (NIPS) to the Medical Benefits Scheme, Elizabeth argues that more thought is needed on all sides beforehand. This technology has the potential to become routine prenatal care, yet the ethical implications of its widespread use need much more consideration – argues Elizabeth in this nuanced article.
Calling for more information to be available to parents and better guidelines for physicians.
Read DSA’s position statement on non-invasive prenatal testing as it applies to Down syndrome pregnancies:
A guide for GPs on how to talk to patients about prenatal screening is available here:
Free guide for expectant parents can be downloaded here: