P1: VENDOR/GCQ/FJQ P2: GCR Sex Roles [sers] pp311-sers-362485 November 24, 2001 8:5 Style ﬁle version Nov. 19th, 1999 ° C Sex Roles, Vol. 45, Nos. 1/2, July 2001 ( 2001) Book Review Testing Women, Testing the Fetus: The Social Impact of Amniocentesis in America. By Rayna Rapp, New York: Routledge, 368 pp., $31.95 (hardcover); $19.95 (paper). Rayna Rapp’s compelling book, Testing Women, Testing the Fetus, appeared in my mailbox on a day otherwise spent seeing patients in my clinical prac- tice. Coincidentally, I saw a woman on that day who was pregnant for the second time. She had been young when her ﬁrst child was born, and for that reason she was not offered amniocentesis. This ﬁrst baby was born with a serious congenital anomaly and yet the young mother had chosen to have no prenatal testing done with this pregnancy, either. Her reasoning was complex and included her belief that prenatal testing would not have found the prob- lem with the ﬁrst baby and a sense of “fairness” to this second child. Later that same day, I counseled another woman who had recently undergone an abortion after her fetus had been diagnosed with multiple serious malforma- tions. Although
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