'Collective fictions': Similarities in reasons for accepting maternal serum alpha-fetoprotein screening among women of diverse ethnic and social class backgrounds

Nancy Press, C. H. Browner

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Abstract

We analyzed the decisions of an ethnically and socioeconomically diverse group of women to accept or refuse a prenatal diagnostic test. We found that how women were informed about the test and the kind of information they were given determined their decisions more than their ethnic or social class background. To explain this, we argue that the women and their health care providers created a 'collective fiction' which situated the testing within the domain of routine prenatal care and denied its central connection to selective abortion and its eugenic implications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-106
Number of pages10
JournalFetal Diagnosis and Therapy
Volume8
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes

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alpha-Fetoproteins
Social Class
Eugenic Abortion
Mothers
Eugenics
Prenatal Care
Women's Health
Serum
Routine Diagnostic Tests
Health Personnel

Keywords

  • abortion
  • biomedical culture
  • patient education
  • prenatal diagnosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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