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J Law Med Ethics. 2007 Winter;35(4):699-711, 513.

Jewish perspectives on the use of preimplantation genetic diagnosis.

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Department of Pastoral Care at New York Presbyterian Hospital, in New York City, USA.


This article presents an analysis of the ethical considerations raised by preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) from a Jewish perspective. It weighs the Jewish imperatives to pursue good health against a number of harms that may follow from the expanded use of PGD technology, including increased medical risk to the mother, the destruction of embryos and possible emotional harm to the child born from this procedure. It pays special attention to the potential harms that may befall those in society who do not have access to PGD or who choose not to employ it.

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