Prenatal diagnosis

2018: World Down Syndrome Day

Every year since 2006, March 21st has been known as the World Down Syndrome Day (“WDSD”). This date is a symbol in itself: “3/21” or the 21st day of the 3rd month was chosen to represent the triplication, instead of the usual duplication of the 21st chromosome which...

French Biomedicine Agency: controversial recommendations

On February 13th, the French Biomedicine Agency (“ABM”) published its report on the application of the bioethics law, just three weeks after the official launch of the National Bioethics Conferences on January 18, 2018. The ABM reviewed 4 major topics for which it has...

Down Syndrome: New Rules Recommended for Prenatal Screening

On May 17, 2017, the French National Health Authority published an updated list of recommendations to screen for Down syndrome (Trisomy 21) during pregnancy. They specify the role and the conditions for performing new tests on fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s...

Eugenic Pressure Intensifies: Prenatal Screening Tests Authorized

Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) on fetal DNA circulating in the mother’s bloodstream has just been added to the list of screening tests for Down’s syndrome during pregnancy, by a decree published on May 7th in the Official Journal in France. The Paris Public...

Undetected Down syndrome: Limoges Hospital Convicted

  On April 20, 2017, the Limoges Hospital was convicted for not having diagnosed Down syndrome in a baby girl prior to her birth in 2010. The parents of baby girl Maylis, who has Down syndrome, have been attempting for several years to press charges against the...