Abortions increase with new tests

New genetic tests that screen for foetal anomalies at a very early stage are revolutionising pregnancy care but also resulting in more women deciding to terminate abnormal pregnancies, doctors say.

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor @susmitchellsbp
13th July, 2014

New genetic tests that screen for foetal anomalies at a very early stage are revolutionising pregnancy care but also resulting in more women deciding to terminate abnormal pregnancies, doctors say.

Called non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT), these tests became available in Ireland last year.

They have been hailed as the most exciting development in pregnancy care for decades, as they are less invasive and allow testing considerably earlier than existing tests.

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