Prenatal Genetic Diagnosis and the Law

  • Aubrey Milunsky


The “right” to be born of sound mind and body has recently been given impetus by at least two recent court decisions.1,2 Technological advances, especially during the past two decades, have enabled the development of procedures that allow for the identification in early pregnancy of specific genetic disorders of the fetus. These advances have recently been reviewed elsewhere3 and only the briefest summation is provided here.


Genetic Counseling Down Syndrome Prenatal Diagnosis Supreme Court Decision Elective Abortion 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Aubrey Milunsky
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Genetics DivisionEunice Kennedy Shriver CenterWalthamUSA
  3. 3.Massachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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