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May 22/29, 2002

Societal Involvement in Prenatal Diagnosis—Reply

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Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

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

In Reply: Mr Charuvastra's claim that our commentary places us on a slippery slope that leads to "eugenics and forced sterilizations" is more than premature; it is mistaken. Our intent was to question society's tacit assumptions about the scope of ethically responsible reproduction and parenting. It is quite another issue to adopt more restrictive institutional guidelines about any public good without a public discussion to represent the interests of all of those most affected (especially those least able to speak for themselves) by the proposed changes.

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