New pre-natal test: the Dutch travel to Belgium

Publié le : 9 September 2013

 According to the Dutch journal, NRC Handelsblad, some 4470 pregnant Dutch women cross the Dutch-Belgian border every year to undergo a new non-invasive pre-natal test which is currently banned in Holland. This test can detect genetic anomalies in the foetus, especially Downs syndrome, from a straightforward blood test in pregnant women. 

Around thirty Dutch women travel to Belgium every week to have the test and about fifty send a blood sample to Belgium. Approximately 240 children are born with Downs syndrome every year in the Netherlands.

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