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New Fetal Genetics Test: Less Risk, More Controversy

Scientists have deciphered the entire genetic code of a fetus, taking a sample from the mother's blood. While less risky than current alternatives, it also leaps into the abortion debate, with parents eventually having the option to test for all kinds of traits.
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Are Fetal DNA Tests A Key To Pandora's Box?

Audie Cornish talks with Rob Stein about new blood tests that can identify genetic abnormalities in a fetus. The tests raise controversial ethical issues.
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Abortion-Rights Advocates Pin Hopes On Defense Bill

Last month, with little notice or fanfare, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, a New Hampshire Democrat, got an amendment included in the huge annual Department of Defense bill that would permit military health insurance to cover abortions for servicewomen whose pregnancies are the result of rape or incest.
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Assessing Consumer Concerns About The Meat Industry

Tom Philpott, who covers food and the agricultural industry for Mother Jones, joins Fresh Air's Terry Gross for a wide-ranging discussion about health and other issues affecting the meat industry.
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Introvale: Latest Birth Control Pill Recall

Sandoz, a unit of drug giant Novartis, is recalling 10 lots of Introvale birth control pills that may have pills in the wrong positions. It's the third big recall of birth control pills because of packaging problems in less than a year. Taking the wrong pills at the wrong time can lead to an unintended pregnancy.

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