Norway has been one of Europe's most restrictive bioteknologilover, now can we get one of the most liberal. Tuesday 26. may passed the Parliament that "Non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) are allowed to perform in the Uk for all pregnant women". In addition, those with elevated risk for fetuses with utviklingsavvik get the test paid for by the government.
the Day after the decision I got the first offer NIPT from a company that offers blood tests. Provider congratulations with the Norwegian decision and offer me kjønnstesting for 490 euro. It is of 99.99% chance that the answer is right and the 99% chance that I get the answer before the limit for abortion on demand.
According to the company, I can now choose my child's gender. I am 55 years old and men.
Now is kjønnstesting of fetuses still banned in Norway, but the company has since 2016 offered NIPT to Norwegian women and urged health professionals to help them to take the blood test. The answer comes in the mail.
Now get the Norwegian health personnel allowed to take the test. How to restrict the use is highly unclear – particularly when self-determination has been the most important argument for the introduction of the test.
NIPT is a fantastic technology. It can, in principle, analyze all arveegenskapene to the fetus from a bit of blood from the pregnant woman. Analyseselskapene compete to provide tests for most properties – social properties. The argument for NIPT has been that you can't deny women information about their own foster. To restrict the information that women get from the analysis is precisely to deny women information.the Test says "Downs syndrome". What now? Debate
Stortingsvedtaket is interesting for three reasons:
For the first comes to the decision of a technology and not what it is to be used. At the other fosterdiagnostiske tests, such as ultrasound, the technology is largely limited to what one can test for. NIPT breaking these limits: eye color, muskeltype, learning disabilities.
When you let the technology control applications, rather than choosing technology out from the purpose, one is running after the technology.
In addition, the marking decision is an important distinction in the Norwegian biopolitikk. In Norway, the biotechnology either been banned or has it been offered. Whether the technology is dangerous and can not be permitted, or as is the good, and must be offered to all.
decision about NIPT, we get a third category: NIPT is allowed . People can choose to buy it for yourself. It will, of course, create differences. The rich access.Pregnant with twins. Lost both
It is interesting to note that the same Parliament at the same time decided to offer early ultrayd to all pregnant women to reduce the differences between people. On the one hand, will reduce the differences – on the other increase them. It is common, is that they will offer the technology.
The third that makes Stortingsvedtaket watershed, is the decision-making process. While we in Norway have studied, evaluated and debated bioteknologiloven in the wide and broad, has NIPT for all not been thoroughly discussed. NIPT has been discussed in the Bioteknologirådet and in Parliament, on several occasions, but never as a service that all pregnant women can buy.
It is therefore very unclear what the Parliament has in fact enacted. This is not something new in the biopolitikken. After the so-called Mehmet-case in 2004, admitted to the central politicians that they did not understand what the decision meant.
With the NIPT determines the politicians to the technology, but leave it to the professionals and the bureaucracy to determine the purpose. It is a democratic problem when the politicians do teknologivalg and leave values to the teknokratene.
With the decision about NIPT is allowed technology that we have clarified the purpose. If it is so that all Norwegian women can be confident to get a son, is still unknown, but if there is technological opportunities that determine our choices, so will they.- Dolket in the back
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