Genetic Disorder Screening Test Alarms Pro-lifers

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New DNA testing may soon screen unborn babies for thousands of genetic disorders, and that has pro-life advocates worried about a rise in abortion.

The test uses a blood sample from an expecting mom and a saliva swab from the baby's father. Using that, scientists have been able to predict the entire DNA makeup of the fetus.

Until now, Down syndrome is the only genetic disorder typically screened. But with this new science, some 3,500 disorders can be detected.

Many pro-life advocates say that inevitably leads to more abortions of babies with defects.

What would you say to expecting parents who may be facing the decision of whether to have a child with a disorder?  Join the discussion on our Facebook page and tweet us your thoughts @CBNNews using #DontAbort.

Even the scientists behind the test admit the test raises "many ethical questions."

"The less tangible implication of incorporating this level of information into pre-natal decision-making raises many ethical questions that must be considered carefully within the scientific community and on a societal level," the researchers said.

"As in other areas of clinical genetics, our capacity to generate data is outstripping our ability to interpret it in ways that are useful to physicians and patients," they added.

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