Prenatal Diagnosis and Public Policy

  • Mark S. Thompson


Public policy analysis cannot set social values or make the hard choices that spring from them. It can, however, lay out alternatives in a systematic way and can establish a framework for decision through the subsequent ascription of values. Fashioning such a structure for policy determination in prenatal diagnosis is our initial concern. We derive a format recognizing the technical parameters of diagnostic tests and allowing for the appropriate insertion of values by citizens, physicians, and governmental decision makers. Prevailing societal priorities and the trends in them indicate that the consensus will in the contemporary United States is to support and to expand programs of voluntary amniocentesis. We discuss briefly how this might be done.


Prenatal Diagnosis Positive Information Personal Gain Autosomal Recessive Disease Carrier Screening 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mark S. Thompson
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  1. 1.Health Services and Center for the Analysis of Health PracticesHarvard School of Public HealthBostonUSA

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