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

N. A. 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
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

    Keywords

    • abortion
    • biomedical culture
    • patient education
    • prenatal diagnosis

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
    • Embryology
    • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
    • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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