Negotiating the therapeutic gap: Prenatal diagnostics and termination of pregnancy in Sri lanka [Book Review]

Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 4 (3):207-215 (2007)
Abstract
In Sri Lanka, termination of pregnancy, other than in extreme circumstances, is strictly illegal. Among the public and large sections of the medical community there is widespread support for some degree of liberalization of the law, particularly where this relates to serious genetic conditions which can be identified prenatally. Tension emerges out of a publicly maintained conservatism on issues of abortion on the one hand and a growing disconnection from unregulated practices of termination in the private sector on the other. Social science approaches have much to contribute when understanding the ‘therapeutic gap’ that opens up and, in particular, the way that local ideas of fate, destiny and how suffering might be ameliorated become blended with the predictive power of genetic testing.
Keywords Abortion  Induced  Genetic screening  Sri Lanka  Bioethics  Social sciences
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