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Negotiating the Therapeutic Gap: Prenatal Diagnostics and Termination in Sri Lanka.

Simpson, B.

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Abstract

In Sri Lanka, termination of pregnancy, other than in extreme circumstances, is strictly illegal. Among the public and large sections of the medical community there is widespread support for some degree of liberalization of the law, particularly where this relates to serious genetic conditions which can be identified prenatally. Tension emerges out of a publicly maintained conservatism on issues of abortion on the one hand and a growing disconnection from unregulated practices of termination in the private sector on the other. Social science approaches have much to contribute when understanding the ‘therapeutic gap’ that opens up and, in particular, the way that local ideas of fate, destiny and how suffering might be ameliorated become blended with the predictive power of genetic testing.

Citation

Simpson, B. (2007). Negotiating the Therapeutic Gap: Prenatal Diagnostics and Termination in Sri Lanka. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry, 5(3), 207-215. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-007-9070-5

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 9, 2007
Online Publication Date Nov 14, 2007
Publication Date 2007-12
Journal Journal of Bioethical Inquiry
Print ISSN 1176-7529
Electronic ISSN 1872-4353
Publisher Springer
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 5
Issue 3
Pages 207-215
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s11673-007-9070-5
Keywords Abortion - Induced - Genetic screening - Sri Lanka - Bioethics - Social sciences
Public URL https://durham-repository.worktribe.com/output/1531454