Advances in fetal defect detection put parents in tough positions

06/21/2004 | NYTimes.com

As new technology reveals possible birth defects in fetuses earlier in the pregnancy and with much greater detail than ever before, more expectant parents are facing tough decisions about whether to keep or terminate pregnancies. Health care providers and genetic counselors help patients by providing scientific data on how a disease or disability may affect the child, but as the first generation of adults to be able to receive such information, parents often have few peers to turn to when it comes time to make a decision.

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