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Table 2 Attitudes towards 11 issues in prenatal diagnosis (N, (%))

From: Attitudes to prenatal screening among Norwegian citizens: liberality, ambivalence and sensitivity

Question Fully agree Somewhat agree Neither agree nor disagree Somewhat disagree Fully disagree Mean Likert score
Q1. Prenatal diagnosis by ultrasound and blood test in pregnancy week 11–13 should be offered to all pregnant women, without co-payment 661 (41) 302 (19) 212 (13) 214 (13) 228 (14) 3.59
Q2. I think pregnant women whose fetus has been shown to have Down syndrome often experience pressure and expectations that they choose abortion 352 (22) 552 (34) 449 (28) 173 (11) 91 (5.6) 3.56
Q3. It is ethically acceptable to choose abortion because the fetus has Down syndrome 373 (23) 314 (19) 339 (21) 257 (16) 333 (21) 3.08
Q4. An offer of prenatal diagnosis to all pregnant women will send a signal that people with Down syndrome are unwanted in society 317 (20) 426 (26) 244 (15) 286 (18) 344 (21) 3.05
Q5. It is ethically more problematic to choose abortion when the child was initially planned and desired (as it usually is in prenatal testing) than when the pregnancy was unplanned and unwanted 221 (14) 443 (27) 430 (27) 181 (11) 341 (21) 3.01
Q6. A society that offers prenatal diagnosis to all pregnant women, can be criticized for being a sorting society 271 (17) 508 (31) 224 (14) 244 (15) 370 (23) 3.04
Q7. Those whose fetus has been diagnosed with Down syndrome, but still complete the pregnancy, should not expect extensive assistance from the state 54 (3.3) 80 (5.0) 119 (7.4) 241 (15) 1122 (69) 1.58
Q8. When the fetus has Down syndrome, the pregnant woman should have an ethical obligation to choose abortion 62 (3.8) 59 (3.6) 154 (9.5) 133 (8.2) 1209 (75) 1.54
Q9. Abortion is acceptable if the fetus has a disorder that would place a heavy burden of care on the family 637 (39) 431 (27) 282 (17) 133 (8.2) 135 (8.3) 3.81
Q10. I think pregnant women whose fetus has been shown to have Down syndrome often experience pressures and expectations that they complete pregnancy (that is, not to choose abortion) 98 (6.1) 311 (19) 659 (41) 351 (22) 198 (12) 2.85
Q11. In the future it might be possible to map all fetal genes through a blood test of the mother in early pregnancy. Consider the claim: If such a blood test becomes available, it should be legal in Norway for all pregnant women 564 (35) 326 (20) 307 (19) 190 (12) 230 (14) 3.50