Let's (Cautiously) Celebrate the "New Eugenics"

October 30, 2014 7:05 PM

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It's a subject doctors, health providers and medical experts are discussing feverishly, but often quietly: whether parents should undergo genetic tests, either before conception or after, to determine if their unborn child might have a serious genetic disorder. Hanging over the debate is the specter of eugenics--fears that the ability to manipulate the health of our future babies could devalue the sanctity of life.

About three percent of babies in the United States are born with a major structural or genetic birth defect. It's a bracing occurrence for a family and a multi-billion hit to our already strained medical system. So it's fair to ask whether preemptive genetic screening makes sense, medically and ethi...

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