Conceiving a fetus for bone marrow donation: An ethical problem in prenatal diagnosis

Robin Dawn Clark, John Fletcher, Gloria Petersen

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Abstract

We present a family who sought prenatal diagnosis in order to bear a healthy child to serve as an HLA–identical bone marrow donor for their son affected with Wiskott–Aldrich syndrome. They intended to abort HLA‐incompatible fetuses who would have been unsuitable bone marrow donors. This case led us to conclude that prenatal diagnosis should not be used to benefit a third party or facilitate the conception or abortion of a fetus for the purpose of generating an organ for transplantation. The limits of parental autonomy and physician responsibility are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)329-334
Number of pages6
JournalPrenatal Diagnosis
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1989

Keywords

  • Ethics of prenatal diagnosis
  • Fetal organ donors
  • Organ/bone marrow transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Genetics(clinical)

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