Home Archive Vol.40, No.3, 2014 Current Principles and Practice of Ethics and Law in Perinatal Medicine

Current Principles and Practice of Ethics and Law in Perinatal Medicine

C. Berceanu(1), Simona Elena Albu(2), Mihaela Bot(2), M.St. Ghelase(3)

(1)Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania, (2)Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Carol Davila" Bucharest, Romania, (3)Department of Public Health and Management, University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania

    Abstract: One of the most controversial discussion topics in modern bioethics, science or philosophy is represented by the beginning of the individual human life. It is ethically, medically and scientifically correct that the human conception product to be born, so to gain personality and individuality, to be treated as a patient since the intrauterine life. Intrauterine foetal interventions, performed in various therapeutic purposes are still in the experimental stage even in centres with rich experience in perinatal medicine. Progresses truly outstanding are present especially in the prenatal diagnostic methods. Non invasive prenatal testing represents without a doubt a great progress in prenatal diagnosis, but from this point of view, the role of practitioners in the field of perinatal medicine, on counselling and addressing the indication of this test becomes essential. Beyond cultural, national, social or related differences, in perinatal medicine practice is particularly important to respect and permanently reassess the ethical codes. Our paper is targeting to spotlight the essential principles and practice of ethics and law in perinatal medicine nowadays on one hand, and to bring an update review on a controversial topic on the other hand.
    Keywords: fetal medicine, screening, prenatal test, bioethics, counselling

DOI 10.12865/CHSJ.40.03.02


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