The Newsletter 52 Winter 2009

'What would you do, doctor sahib?' Pre-natal testing in the socio-cultural context of India

Jyotsna Agnihotri Gupta

In urban India, there is an increasing public awareness regarding the role of genes in the incidence of disease and the possibility of making use of pre-natal testing (PNT). PNT is associated with modernity and good parenthood. In this paper, Jyotsna Agnihotri Gupta throws light on women’s use of PNT for pregnancy management and the decision making regarding genetic testing – and whether to continue the pregnancy following a ‘positive’ test result – in order to achieve the birth of ‘healthy’ children.

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