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In the future from funds to be financed? : The CDU is pushing for debate on the trisomy blood tests before birth

Prior to the Federal consultation on Thursday struggles on the political Berlin, the genetic blood tests before birth. Since 2012, pregnant women can check with a blood test, whether the Embryo has a trisomy is present. On Thursday, the Bundestag is debating on whether or not this Test will in future be included in the benefit catalogue of the Statutory health insurance. CDU-Chef Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer want to. a debate in the CDU leadership over the course of the party

so Far, parents have the blood test have to pay the treatment out of your own pocket. He was initially offered in only a few prenatal centres for 1200 euros; meanwhile, the cost of the cheapest option still amounted to around 200 Euro. Also, some private funds to Finance the Test.

The "Federal Joint Committee of health insurance funds, Doctors, clinics and patient representative" (G-BA) is expected to decide in the autumn whether public health insurance should pay for the Tests with the Down syndrome (trisomy 21) and other Chromosomal abnormalities can be detected.

After a controversial meeting of the parliamentary group of the CDU Chairman the agenda for Monday's scheduled Executive session, to change, reported the "Welt am Sonntag", citing a Party spokesman. Kramp-Karrenbauer seeks not, therefore, a determination on a party line, but a broad discussion. Many Christian Democrats fear that the blood tests run by the insurance to more abortions of disabled people.

proponents of the Fund argue that since the 1986 risk pregnant women would have a claim, your Fund paid an amniocentesis. The blood test could such a substitute with the risk of miscarriage-prone physical intervention.

Affected SPD Deputy calls for ethical debate

The SPD deputies Dagmar Schmidt, who is herself the mother of a son with trisomy 21, not called for to make the decision only on the disciplinary panel. It had to be passed in the Bundestag, an ethical debate about the limits of the feasible. "What we can see, what we want and how do we deal with this Knowledge?"

The disability policy spokesperson of the Greens, Corinna Rüffer, said: "We need to get away from the issue of Treasury approval to an ethical debate about what kind of society we want to live. We want a society in which only a healthy and powerful children to be born and the other before birth to be sorted out?“

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The Augsburg-based Moral theologian Kerstin Schlögl-Flierl said, through the Test of pressure of expectation on a healthy child increases in parents and in society. She spoke of cynicism, if you currently have the date of entry into force of the CRPD, celebrated and at the same time debated whether a "de facto Screening for disabilities in the pregnancy tests" should be included. (AFP/KNA)

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