Media portrayal of non-invasive prenatal testing: a missing ethical dimension

Abstract

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) is an emerging technology for detecting chromosomal disorders in the fetus and mass media may have an impact on shaping the public understanding of its promise and challenges. We conducted a content analysis of 173 news reports to examine how NIPT was portrayed in English-language media sources between January 1 and December 31, 2013. Our analysis has shown that media emphasized the benefits and readiness of the technology, while overlooking uncertainty associated with its clinical use. Ethical concerns were rarely addressed in the news stories, which points to an important dimension missing in the media discourse. Abstract

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@inproceedings{Kamenova2016MediaPO, title={Media portrayal of non-invasive prenatal testing: a missing ethical dimension}, author={Kalina Kamenova and Vardit Ravitsky and S. Troy McMullin and Timothy Caulfield}, year={2016} }