Reason-Based Abortion Bans, Disability Rights, and the Future of Prenatal Genetic Testing

American Journal of Law & Medicine, Forthcoming

18 Pages Posted: 13 May 2022

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Nina Roesner

National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics

Leila Jamal

National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics

David Wasserman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Benjamin Berkman

Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health

Date Written: 2022

Abstract

Over the past decade, conservative states have increasingly begun passing laws that prohibit abortions sought because of fetal genetic anomalies. These laws often provide an extremely broad definition genetic anomaly, effectively banning abortion based on any genetically mediated condition or disability. Concurrently, there has been a move in anti-abortion rhetoric towards endorsement of disability rights arguments to support limiting the relevance of genetic information in reproductive decision making. This articles explores the practical and normative implications of these shifts in anti-abortion strategy, particularly in light of the eminent emergence of new prenatal genetic testing technologies that will radically expand the amount of genetic information available to expecting parents.

Suggested Citation

Roesner, Nina and Jamal, Leila and Wasserman, David and Berkman, Benjamin, Reason-Based Abortion Bans, Disability Rights, and the Future of Prenatal Genetic Testing (2022). American Journal of Law & Medicine, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4106851

Nina Roesner (Contact Author)

National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics ( email )

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Leila Jamal

National Institutes of Health, Department of Bioethics ( email )

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
United States

HOME PAGE: http://https://bioethics.nih.gov/people/jamal-bio.shtml

David Wasserman

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Benjamin Berkman

Department of Bioethics, National Institutes of Health ( email )

9000 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20892
United States

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