Hernádi Ilona; Kunt Zsuzsanna:

‘Prenatal Screaming’ Decision-Making Following a Prenatal Diagnosis of Down Syndrome

2018/1 | #decision-making #disability studies #feminism #foetus diagnosis #power #risk | DOI: 10.31287/FT.en.2018.1.4

Within the framework of the OTKA K111917 research entitled ‘From Equal Opportunities to Taygetus?’, we examined, through narrative interviews, how mothers took a decision after learning of the positive Down Syndrome diagnosis of their foetus, and who and what events influenced their decision to go on with their pregnancy or not. In our article, after a focused analysis of the narrative interviews we conducted with 10 women about their life, our aim was to draw attention to the complexity and stratification of the social context and to pose questions. Our goal was to reveal the cultural background of the decision-making and the pieces of information which seem simple and unequivocal at first sight, in order to gain a clearer picture of the social and medical attitude and knowledge that surrounds mothers pregnant with a Down Syndrome foetus.