Prenatal Diagnosis – Individuals and Society

2-3 December, in Oslo

Prenatal diagnosis may lead to selective abortion and hence raises ethical questions for both individuals and the society. Different solutions have been found in the different Nordic countries. What can we learn from our experience with various regulatory regimes? Will the development in genomic medicine challenge the way prenatal diagnosis is conducted? Is there a need to revisit the ethical dilemmas and prepare for new regulations?



Video recordings

Regulating prenatal diagnosis – ethical dilemmas
Grethe S. Foss, The Nordic committee on bioethics and The Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board

Prenatal diagnosis in Norway – what is offered to whom?
Sturla Eik-Nes, St. Olavs Hospital, Norway

Prenatal screening as a free choice
Olav Bjørn Petersen, Skejby Hospital, Denmark

Overview on prenatal diagnostic regimes in the Nordic countries
Janne Rothmar Herrman and Sirpa Soini, The Nordic committee on bioethics

Can the maternal age criterion still be defended?
Berge Solberg, Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Norway

Practicing Informed Choice: Distributing Life, Risk and Relations of
Responsibility in Prenatal Decision Making and Knowledge Production
Nete Schwennesen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Prenatal diagnosis, abortion and the medical control of reproduction – a critical history
Ilpo Helen, University of Helsinki, Finland

Prevalence and characteristics of pregnant women who refuse early prenatal screeening
Hildur Krisjtánsdóttir, The Directorate of Health, Iceland

The predicting power of new technology in prenatal diagnosis
Soren Pedersen, Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

How do we deal with uncertain information?
Jón Jóhannes Jónsson, University of Iceland and University Hospital, Iceland

Defining congenital anomalies – a challenge for regulations
Annukka Ritvanen, National Institute for Health and Welfare, Finland

Recommendations from the Danish Council of Ethics
Thomas G. Jensen, The Danish Council of Ethics, Denmark

What’s good (or bad) with prenatal diagnosis? And how should it be prioritized?
Rurik Löfmark, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden

New regulations are required
Klavs Birkholm, The Danish Council of Ethics, Denmark

Will parents be held responsible for their children’s genes?
Ola Didrik Saugstad, Oslo University Hospital, Norway

Meaningful regulation in the future?
Sølvi Marie Risøy, Sogn og fjordane University College, Norway