Does Prenatal Genetic Testing Actually Put Babies at Risk?
Why "minimally invasive" early gender tests are riskier than we think
As exciting as it may be to have access to this information about twice as fast as the standard 20-week anatomy scan, parents have reasons to be cautious. The primary purpose of these tests is not to determine gender, but rather to rule out genetic conditions. These genetic screening tests are routinely offered to pregnant women and often covered by insurance, despite being unregulated by the FDA. According to standard of care, any results must be confirmed by additional diagnostic tests such as ultrasound or amniocentesis later in pregnancy. In practice, however, it isn’t playing out this way.
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