14] Genetic counselling should be offered to all pregnant women of AMA, and age-related risks (which increase exponentially with age) of having a child with a chromosomal abnormality, as well as options for prenatal testing and selective termination
of pregnancy if a fetal abnormality is detected, should be discussed.
Stories of apparent abnormality detected on ultrasound later found to be incorrectly diagnosed raise particularly uncomfortable questions around the issue of selective termination
Parents worried about the risks inherent in carrying a litter of children sometimes opt for selective termination
, usually between 9 and 12 weeks.
In multifetal pregnancies, early diagnosis by chorionic villus sampling also facilitates selective termination
of an affected fetus.
In a report out today the experts concluded: ``We take the view that the use of selective termination
following prenatal diagnosis to abort a foetus merely on the basis of information about behavioural traits in the normal range is morally unacceptable.
This tactic has been widely employed in discussions about prenatal diagnosis and the selective termination
of fetuses affected with conditions that are likely to lead to disability.
The pregnancy posed such a risk to me and the babies that at one stage selective termination
Ten, fifteen or twenty years from now, today's Supreme Court decision will be cited to justify the selective termination
of infants, toddlers, grandparents and the disabled.
Then there's the whole other matter of multiple births and the high risk that at least one baby will suffer cerebral palsy, often forcing parents who have striven for a child to make the agonising choice of selective termination
But last year, when the doctor from the Queen Charlotte Hospital in London, announced he had carried out a selective termination
on a twin, I was goaded back into action.
involves introducing a long needle into the womb under ultrasonic guidance and injecting a lethal dose of potassium directly into the heart of the fetus.
Such a procedure in a multiple pregnancy, known as selective termination
, is not unusual when a fetus is discovered to be unhealthy or abnormal.