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TITLE Care for the unborn child   200901E.pdf (325.6 KB)
Document ID LIB640
Document type Scientific advisory body opinion/advice
Issue date 15/03/2010
Document reference ISBN 978-90-78823-13-1
Original language of the document Dutch
Full text available in EN (325.6 KB) and NL (323.8 KB)
Document produced by Health Council of the Netherlands organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Jeannette van Kan
Health Council of the Netherlands
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Short description  Since the Health Council published its report on 'invasive diagnosis and treatment of the fetus' in 1990, significant developments have taken place in this field, mainly as a result of the new options now available in non-invasive (drug) and minimally invasive fetal therapy. This report, which is complementary to the update on the state of scientific knowledge (MTA report, 2008)3 published by the Health Council, contains an investigation of the normative (ethical and legal) aspects of the development of this field of healthcare and science.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The fetus as a patient?
In view of the greater opportunities for treating fetal abnormalities and development defects prior to birth, it is not surprising that the fetus undergoing such procedures is described as a 'patient'. This need not imply more than that the fetus is or can be the subject of medical treatment. But the word 'patient' is more than a descriptive term; it inevitably leads on to ...

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