I carry you in my heart : facing an incurable prenatal diagnosis
Author(s)Sconyers, Emma (Emma G.)
Facing an incurable prenatal diagnosis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
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Prenatal diagnosis has given doctors the ability to predict problems before a child is even born. But what happens when the information gleaned from these tests is that the child is fatally sick? Doctors call these "futile" pregnancies. The increasing sophistication and prevalence of prenatal diagnostic tests means that prospective parents and their doctors are grappling with ethical questions unheard of just half a century ago. Legislators try to demarcate what choices are "good" and "bad". However, there is no good choice when it comes to a fatally ill infant. While archival research is used to frame modem perspectives, this thesis aims to explore the different choices women make and the difficulties they must grapple with in this day and age.
Thesis: S.M. in Science Writing, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Department of Humanities, Graduate Program in Science Writing, 2014.Cataloged from PDF version of thesis.Includes bibliographical references (pages 38-40).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Graduate Program in Science Writing.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Graduate Program in Science Writing.