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New Technologies, New Challenges: Women and Prenatal Genetic Testing in the 21st Century

The Law-Medicine Center

Co-sponsored by
- Cleveland Clinic Center for Ethics, Humanities and Spiritual Care
- Center for Genetic Research Ethics and Law (CGREAL), Case Western Reserve University
APR 12, 2012 - APR 13, 2012
Moot Courtroom (A59)
CLE Credit
Approved for 7.5 hours of in-person CLE credit
$100.00 for Case Law Alumni
$200.00 for all other attorneys

The fields of reproductive medicine and prenatal diagnosis provoke some of the most profound, difficult, and controversial questions regarding personal, cultural, spiritual, and societal values, as well as beliefs about women, motherhood, family, children, and disability. The ability to conduct genome-wide analyses of the developing fetus magnifies the intensity of our uncertainties. While genetic research has opened up new possibilities to assess fetal health, the sheer volume of information generated by prenatal testing also introduces new social, ethical, legal, and practical conundrums for patients. Women are uniquely challenged by the decisions this presents. If prenatal testing is to empower those decisions, these challenges will need to be clearly identified and anticipated. At this symposium, bioethicists, legal scholars, medical practitioners, and scientists will clarify and examine these new challenges and propose guidelines and ways to handle them now and in the future.
Speaker Information
Mildred Cho, PhD
Center for Biomedical Ethics
Stanford University

Ruth Farrell, MD
Cleveland Clinic

Professor Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA
Department of Social Medicine, Center for Bioethics
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Steven J. Ralston, MD, MPH
Division Director, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Karen Rothenberg, JD, MPA
University of Maryland School of Law

Elizabeth Thomson
National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

Additional Information
and open to the public. Registration required by April 6, 2012.
Continuing legal education credit available for a $200 fee.

At one-hour CLE activities, Ohio Supreme Court regulations require attorneys to be present for the entire hour to obtain credit. Therefore, registration for one-hour lectures will close at the time the event is scheduled to start. Everyone is welcome to attend the lecture, but we cannot submit CLE credit for late arrivals.

At events longer than one hour, we will submit credit based on an attorney’s arrival time and duration of attendance, but no less than the minimum of one full hour of attendance.

We encourage attendees to arrive at registration 20 minutes prior to the start of a lecture to sign in, obtain materials, and be seated.


There is no law school parking, however, public parking, for a fee, is available in the Cleveland Botanical Garden parking underground garage. Also, meter parking might be available.

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