Will you eliminate a fetus due to amniocentesis results?
What is the first thing that springs to your mind when you hear Amniocentesis? Nothing! Amniocentesis is used daily in many medical centers around the world. However, what is Amniocentesis and can it be misused?
Amniocentesis is a very essential diagnostic technique. It is used to check the genetic abnormalities in unborn babies. It is usually done about 16 to 18 weeks into the pregnancy by taking the amniotic fluid from the mother's womb. The basic idea is to detect abnormalities in the growth of the fetus and to help prepare for the aftermath. Can Amniocentesis be misused? Some people use this technique to detect the gender of the fetus which is a good thing. On the other hand, others have decided to put an end to the pregnancy if the baby is said to have disabilities or if the baby's sex is not what the parents' desire (baby girls).
What you don't know wouldn't kill you. At the same time, it has been said that ignorance can kill. Is it immoral to use Amniocentesis to detect fetus abnormalities?
Science can be useful and at times it can put us in difficult situation. At times it is best not to know if ignorance is not putting the life of the mother at risk. Knowing your child will be born disabled can be a terrifying concept for parents. Some parents have decided to abort the pregnancy due to the result obtained from Amniocentesis test. Taking a life is immoral but there are those who will argue that the parents or the mother has the right to decide. Amniocentesis can sometimes be wrong and some parents have aborted a perfectly healthy baby.
If a medical doctor recommends a treatment, you will naturally ask more questions. Is it painful and how long will it last? With regards to Amniocentesis, is it really dangerous?
Anything that has to deal with needle is potentially dangerous. The procedure to perform Amniocentesis involves sticking a needle into the mother's belly. The needle is long and if it is done incorrectly in can actually cause damage to the unborn baby. It can also result in infection if the hole created by the needle fails to heal thereby, allowing amniotic liquid to escape. Expecting mothers need to weigh the pros and cons before deciding to go through with Amniocentesis.