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With Rapid Uptake of Noninvasive Prenatal Screening, Many Question Its Impact on Abortion

September 19, 2016

(GenomeWeb) – When Indiana passed a law in March that prohibited abortions based on fetal genetic abnormalities, proponents of the bill cited the ubiquity of noninvasive prenatal tests as evidence that women would increasingly pursue abortion to avoid having children with genetic defects. Although the law was ultimately struck down in June by a federal judge, it led many to question whether the premise that just because it is now easier to test for Down syndrome, more couples will in fact choose to terminate pregnancies.

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