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GENETIC COUNSELING, vol.22, no.4, pp.401-409, 2011 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 22 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2011
  • Title of Journal : GENETIC COUNSELING
  • Page Numbers: pp.401-409


Opinions of Turkish physicians towards termination of pregnancy for foal disorders: Termination of pregnancy (ToP) raises ethical dilemmas. Although ToP for fetal disorders is commonly approved by health professionals, their opinions and attitudes are influenced by a diversity of cultural contexts. The aim of the study is to investigate Turkish physicians' opinions on ToP for fetal disease and the hypothesis is that their opinions are influenced by whether they face any disabilities of affected children or not. We aimed to survey by a questionnaire the opinions of Turkish physicians towards ToP for untreatable fetal disorders. A group of 250 subjects was included in the study. Physicians' approval of parents' decision for ToP was higher for disorders that they encounter more frequently during their daily work. Their opinions were not statistically different when compared for gender and marital status, however, having children of their own caused significant differences for some of the disorders. Approximately 65% of the participants responded that families alone should have the right to decide on ToP. The results confirm that health professionals may have differences in perception of severity of diseases, based on their clinical experience. Physicians encountering affected children more likely approve ToP for that particular disease.