New Pregenancy Test Which Reveals The Sex Of A Baby As Early As 9 Weeks Is Scaring Experts.. This Is Why New Pregenancy Test Which Reveals The Sex Of A Baby As Early As 9 Weeks Is Scaring Experts.. This Is Why
Ablood test which reveals the sex of a baby after nine weeks as well as identifying undesirable traits should be restricted to avoid parents... New Pregenancy Test Which Reveals The Sex Of A Baby As Early As 9 Weeks Is Scaring Experts.. This Is Why

Ablood test which reveals the sex of a baby after nine weeks as well as identifying undesirable traits should be restricted to avoid parents aborting their babies for spurious reasons, a Government-backed think tank has said.

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is a new screening tool which was designed to tell parents if their child could be suffering from Down’s Syndrome.

But the Nuffield Council on Bioethics has warned that unscrupulous clinics may use the test to ensure a mother will have a boy or certain genetic traits such as height or hair colour.

The warning comes amid fears that some doctors are unlawfully performing abortions purely on the basis of sex.

Professor Tom Shakespeare, chair of the body’s working group on NIPT, warned that the test could allow encourage ‘sex-selection tourists,’ from other countries who want to be sure they are having a boy.

“Abortions on the basis of sex appear to be rare in Britain. However, this could change with a new DNA testing method that allows the baby’s sex to be revealed to prospective parents much earlier that the standard 18-20 week scan,” he said.

“We know that some women are under strong pressure to give birth to boys, and may be subject to abuse if they give birth to a girl.

“If left unchecked, use of this technique to determine sex could lead to an increase in sex-selective abortions here, and to Britain becoming a destination for them.

“The test also allows whole genome sequencing which is a serious thing. People are already paying thousands for school fees so it is not unreasonable they would pay to find out if their child will have genetic traits that would allow them to perform well.

“We’re not there quite yet, but we’re not far off, and we are calling for a moratorium to be put in place now before we get there to stop this sort of thing happening.”

A woman sitting on the ground holding a young baby girl. 
The NIPT test can predict the sex of a baby  CREDIT:  MINT IMAGES

NIPT uses a blood sample taken from the placenta of pregnant woman and is seen as a major breakthrough in prenatal screening for a range of serious conditions because it negates the risk of miscarriage caused by conventional invasive tests.

From this year, the NHS will offer the test to expectant mothers to screen for Down’s, Patau’s and Edwards’ syndromes if doctors already fear their baby has a higher than average risk.

The test can also predict the sex of the baby, however, and the Nuffield Council says private doctors are selling it to couples without asking them to demonstrate they are at risk from a serious medical condition.

Pro-life campaigners brought a private prosecution against two doctors, Prabha Sivaraman and Palaniappan Rajmohan, after they were exposed by The Daily Telegraph in 2012, however the Crown Prosecution Service subsequently used its powers to quash the case.

The Nuffield Council on Bioethics said the test should only be generally used where there is a risk of significant medical conditions that would affect a baby at birth or in childhood.

Prof Shakespeare added: “Campaigning groups are doing important work to tackle such practices, to support women, and to challenge the cultural attitudes that value men’s lives more highly than those of women.

“Among certain population groups, however, these attitudes are unlikely to be eradicated any time soon. Until that time comes, we believe that the use of NIPT to determine sex at an early stage of pregnancy could be abused by those who put pressure on women to abort female babies”.

However Voice for Choice, the UK’s coalition of pro-choice campaigning organisations, said women should be allowed to know the sex of their babies.

“This gives credence to the idea that sex selective abortions take place in the UK, when there is no evidence for this,” said a spokeswoman.

“In 2015 the Department of Health ‘found no substantiated concerns of gender abortions occurring in England, Wales and Scotland’

“Restricting access to information in pregnancy does nothing to redress gender inequality, but promotes the idea that women are not to be trusted to make decisions about their reproductive futures.”

 

Source: Telegraph

Nkasiobi Chukwu

  • Brendae Johnson

    2017-05-22 #1 Author

    This is awesome cqnt wait until we decide to try again.!

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  • Kiara Dixon

    2017-05-22 #2 Author

    Yes this is true! I’ve seen them in stores. That’s really awesome.

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  • Morgan

    2017-05-22 #3 Author

    This will hurt businesses but good for us consumers.

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  • DeDe LaPoole

    2017-05-22 #4 Author

    I believe this would be a great test not having to wait until your 18-20 weeks to find out when your bundle of joy is…

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  • Maggie

    2017-05-22 #5 Author

    I had this test done when I was 14 weeks! It was awesome. When I was 15 weeks I found out I was pregnant!!

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  • Alexus brisco

    2017-05-22 #6 Author

    I think it’s an awesome idea although I also understand why it could be scary ass well but for the most part I’m here for it I think it’s pretty cool especially for first time mothers that seem to grow impatient on the wait of knowing the sex of what they’re carrying

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  • Raven

    2017-05-22 #7 Author

    I would be so amazed if this is the case!! You just never know technology today is becoming more and more advanced!

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  • Tutu

    2017-05-22 #8 Author

    this is amazing

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  • Khadesia

    2017-05-24 #9 Author

    Wow this is ridiculous 😐😐😐

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