Genetic Testing Already in the 7th Week of Pregnancy

At the PUA conference, a genetic test will be discussed as early as the 7th week of pregnancy (before the 40th day), which will make it easier to terminate the pregnancy from a medical point of view.

Attempt to innovate in the world of medicine – a genetic test already in the 7th week of pregnancy (before the 40th day) that will facilitate the termination of pregnancy medically.

Couples who suffer from genetic problems in their family and want to get pregnant are forced to perform in vitro fertilization and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) in order to prevent the transmission of diseases to the next generation. The PUA Institute (Fertility and Medicine According to Halacha) is interested in bringing to Israel a new procedure that will precede the date of the genetic test and make it significantly easier, in complex cases, for some arbitrators to know the halachic termination procedure.

Today, pregnant women who are interested in having a genetic test can perform it only from the 11th to 12th week of pregnancy.

Halachically this is a complex situation, as the fetus is already developed, and there is a  difficulty in performing abortion. Also, the woman at this stage has to perform a scraping at a relatively advanced stage of the pregnancy, which is accompanied by many reservations and a very difficult psychological and mental feeling for her.

The PUA Institute monitors studies published around the world and is interested in bringing an innovative genetic test called celocentesis, which is performed as early as the 7th week of pregnancy. A genetic test performed at such an early stage of pregnancy is a great innovation and a real innovation in the medical world.

A breakthrough for many couples
“It is important for us to try to bring the test to Israel precisely because of the halakhic aspect. According to some halakhic rulers, it is simpler to determine and terminate a pregnancy by the 40th day and it will be possible to do this thanks to this test in complex cases. In their family. Today they have to perform fertility treatments and in vitro fertilization, and thanks to this test they will be able to avoid this procedure, “says Rabbi Dov Popper, rabbi and consultant at the PUA Institute and specializes in clinical genetics at Hadassah Medical Center.

A special discussion on the subject will be held at the 21st International Conference of the PUA Institute for Rabbis, Rabbinates and Professionals, which will be held on January 6, 21 in a digital format. .

Dr. Uri Chen, Director of the Ultrasound Unit in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Shaare Zedek Medical Center and Rabbi Elchanan Lewis, Adviser and Judge at the PUA Institute, will discuss this issue at a conference that will include discussions on innovations in medicine and halakhah by the best experts in Israel and around the world. It will also be discussed in detail about dealing with the corona virus, the vaccine, its consequences and a variety of lectures on various topics in the areas of fertility, pregnancy, childbirth, family purity and womanhood.