Refusing prenatal diagnosis: The meanings of bioscience in a multicultural world

Rayna Rapp

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    Abstract

    This article explores the reasons women of diverse class, racial ethnic, national, and religious backgrounds give for their decisions not to accept an amniocentesis or, having accepted one, not to pursue an abortion after diagnosis of serious fetal disability. The narratives of refusers reveal conflicts and tensions between the universalizing rationality of biomedical interventions into pregnancy and the wider heterogeneous social framework to which women respond in their decision-making processes.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)45-70
    Number of pages26
    JournalScience Technology and Human Values
    Volume23
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1998

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology
    • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
    • Philosophy
    • Sociology and Political Science
    • Economics and Econometrics
    • Human-Computer Interaction

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