• Kyodo


A blood-based prenatal test to detect chromosomal abnormalities in fetuses has surged in popularity since debuting in April, with most women who test positive opting for abortions, a study presented at a meeting of genetics experts showed Friday.

The study said 53 out of 56 who received confirmation of testing positive for genetic anomalies chose to terminate pregnancy, while a “very small” number of people aborted after preliminarily testing positive before confirmation, raising concern the test may lead to unnecessary terminations.

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