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Fosterdiagnostik : en studie av argument för och emot autonomi, funktionshinder och abort

Lindahl Capdevila, Paola LU (2013) MRSG20 20122
Human Rights Studies
Abstract
Prenatal diagnosis is a medical tool that has been utilised in Sweden since the 1960s to help expecting mothers find out the health status of the fetus. In 2006, the Swedish government introduced a new law, stipulating a pregnant woman’s right to receive general information about prenatal diagnosis. A woman’s autonomy is the government’s main concern, and poses the question of how disability is perceived from a social perspective.
This paper will highlight the government’s initiative to help women maintain autonomy in the face of such negative evaluations of disability. Government statements and law from 2005/2006 have been used as primary sources for this analysis.
The ethical dilemma in relation to the medical discourse is... (More)
Prenatal diagnosis is a medical tool that has been utilised in Sweden since the 1960s to help expecting mothers find out the health status of the fetus. In 2006, the Swedish government introduced a new law, stipulating a pregnant woman’s right to receive general information about prenatal diagnosis. A woman’s autonomy is the government’s main concern, and poses the question of how disability is perceived from a social perspective.
This paper will highlight the government’s initiative to help women maintain autonomy in the face of such negative evaluations of disability. Government statements and law from 2005/2006 have been used as primary sources for this analysis.
The ethical dilemma in relation to the medical discourse is emphasized. The interdisciplinary tools of Disability Studies have been used to determine whether prenatal diagnosis itself formulates prejudice against disability, and if so, which elements contribute to this notion.
The conclusions show that the government’s statement fails to include the moral implications of how disability is socially stigmatized, and by simply offering this test it contributes to the misconceptions about people with disabilities.
By recognizing these moral misconceptions, the women’s autonomy fails to be enough reason for the existing law; especially, when the use of prenatal diagnosis today works as an instrument to reinforce the persistent discrimination that people with disabilities experience in everyday life. (Less)
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author
Lindahl Capdevila, Paola LU
supervisor
organization
course
MRSG20 20122
year
type
L2 - 2nd term paper (old degree order)
subject
keywords
individual, social, governance, disability, Prenatal diagnosis, autonomy, medicine, Human rights, mänskliga rättigheter
language
Swedish
id
3358961
date added to LUP
2013-02-26 11:47:00
date last changed
2014-09-04 08:27:36
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  abstract     = {Prenatal diagnosis is a medical tool that has been utilised in Sweden since the 1960s to help expecting mothers find out the health status of the fetus. In 2006, the Swedish government introduced a new law, stipulating a pregnant woman’s right to receive general information about prenatal diagnosis. A woman’s autonomy is the government’s main concern, and poses the question of how disability is perceived from a social perspective.
	This paper will highlight the government’s initiative to help women maintain autonomy in the face of such negative evaluations of disability. Government statements and law from 2005/2006 have been used as primary sources for this analysis.
	The ethical dilemma in relation to the medical discourse is emphasized. The interdisciplinary tools of Disability Studies have been used to determine whether prenatal diagnosis itself formulates prejudice against disability, and if so, which elements contribute to this notion.
	The conclusions show that the government’s statement fails to include the moral implications of how disability is socially stigmatized, and by simply offering this test it contributes to the misconceptions about people with disabilities. 
	By recognizing these moral misconceptions, the women’s autonomy fails to be enough reason for the existing law; especially, when the use of prenatal diagnosis today works as an instrument to reinforce the persistent discrimination that people with disabilities experience in everyday life.},
  author       = {Lindahl Capdevila, Paola},
  keyword      = {individual,social,governance,disability,Prenatal diagnosis,autonomy,medicine,Human rights,mänskliga rättigheter},
  language     = {swe},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Fosterdiagnostik : en studie av argument för och emot autonomi, funktionshinder och abort},
  year         = {2013},
}