It is said that since the introduction of a prenatal test, pregnant women who are anxious about the possibility of having a challenged baby have flocked to take the test. According to a newspaper report, more than 30 pregnant women who tested positive have aborted their babies. Although their decision was backed up later by the results of a more accurate amniotic test, clearly these women agonized over their decision. It’s time we acknowledge that the availability of such state-of-the-art technology is pushing us closer to what was formerly the province of God.

shuichi john watanabe

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