PGD in Italy: 1PB Testing
its limitation, preconception genetic diagnosis by 1PB
testing might be very helpful for Italian couples at genetic
risk that, fearful of having babies with genetic illnesses
and unwilling to accept a possible pregnancy termination,
have been forced to seek a PGD treatment abroad to
circumvent restrictions of Italian law, by resorting to
so-called ?reproductive tourism? (Pennings, 2004).
It may avoid the difficulty of being away from home for a
long period in a foreign country, which makes the already
psychological situation of at risk couples all the more
difficult. This procedure can also give hopes to many
couples which are unable to obtain that service abroad
because of the limited economic means.
The possibility to perform preconception genetic diagnosis
in Italy can give them the opportunity to have a free access
to IVF techniques, which is covered by public health
insurance, re-enabling the constitutional right of equality
of access to heath care.