Eugenics? Hundreds of healthy babies are being aborted every year simply because of scan blunders


Fiona Macrae
Daily Mail

October 14, 2011

Hundreds of mothers-to-be a year are being wrongly told they have lost their baby because of mistakes in reading ultrasound scans, doctors fear.

Some of the 400 women given a wrong diagnosis each year will choose to wait to see if they go on to miscarry naturally but others will take the option of terminating the pregnancy.

Last night the researchers said that the possibility of an ‘inadvertent termination’ was the ‘worst possible outcome for any woman’ and called for the guidelines used to determine miscarriages to be changed immediately.

… A study of more than 1,000 British women estimated that around one in 200 who are deemed to have miscarried because they have an apparently empty gestational sac of over 2cm will actually still be pregnant.

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