Ethical Dilemmas in Prenatal Diagnosis by Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber (auth.), Tamara Fischmann,

By Marianne Leuzinger-Bohleber (auth.), Tamara Fischmann, Elisabeth Hildt (eds.)

Technological advancements within the existence sciences confront us with new elements of a Faustian seduction. Are we „playing God“ an increasing number of, as claimed through severe authors of modernity? Achievements in genetic learn produce moral dilemmas which must be the topic of mirrored image and debate in smooth societies. Denial of ambivalences that moral dilemmas arouse constitutes a risk to societies in addition to to participants. The e-book offers a compilation of a few of the result of the interdisciplinary eu research “Ethical Dilemmas because of Prenatal and Genetic Diagnostics” (EDIG), which investigated a few of these dilemmas intimately in a box that is relatively hard: prenatal prognosis. whilst effects from prenatal prognosis convey fetal abnormalities, ladies and their companions are faced with moral dilemmas relating to: the fitting to understand and the fitting to not understand; decision-making concerning the rest of the being pregnant and the need for a fit baby; accountability for the unborn baby, for its overall healthiness and attainable ache; lifestyles and demise. This publication presents solutions from a moral, psychoanalytical and scientific viewpoint.

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H. was seeking therapy, because she suffered from heavy depressions. At the age of 44 she underwent a feticide, because she was 6 months pregnant with a trisomy 21 child. ). The doctors advised her to interrupt pregnancy, as there was a high probability the child would not be able to live. Her husband and the whole family supported her in this decision. Nevertheless, during psychoanalytical treatment it became obvious that Mrs. H. suffered from severe unconscious feelings of guilt and that she felt like the ‘murderer’ of her child, which is one of the major reasons for her depression.

Well sometimes I think – did this have to happen? – but this lasts only a few moments. , she was teething and was clinging to me for 3 whole days – I could not even eat breakfast. This was terrible… But afterwards I thought well she was in pain and then everything worked out again…” He then talks about his son from his first marriage whom he had to give up when his son was three because of his divorce. “With B. this will not happen to me again – I will see her development without any interruption … and this is wonderful…”.

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