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May 22/29, 2002

Societal Involvement in Prenatal Diagnosis

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor


Copyright 2002 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2002

JAMA. 2002;287(20):2654-2655. doi:10.1001/jama.287.20.2652

To the Editor: In their Commentary on preimplantation diagnosis,1 Drs Towner and Loewy state that this new technology raises new ethical questions. In reality it raises an older and much more troubling question: "What kinds of people ought to reproduce?" Historical judgment of 20th-century experiences with eugenics and forced sterilizations make it almost impossible to ask, much less answer, this question.2 The slippery slope that Towner and Loewy find themselves upon reminds us why this is the case.

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