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Simon wrote:

Hi, guys —

I was born with a genetic defect which may have a variety of genetic disorders associated with it.
I am looking to have children with my fiancée in a few years. My fiancée is Catholic and strongly opposes me having a genetic compatibility test.

  • Is there something within the religion that opposes genetic testing or is it just her personal opinion?

Thank you very much for your time.


  { Does the Church approve of genetic testing or genetic compatibility testing? }

Mary Ann replied:

Hi, Simon —

There is nothing in the Catholic faith that opposes genetic testing, unless it is done for the purpose of aborting a child.

If you have a serious genetic problem, you might want to be tested to see what else you have,
but did know that genes are not always expressed. I guess what you want to know is if she carries
a recessive trait that might join with one of yours, so that you would know if your children would be affected. That is a reasonable request. Perhaps your fiancée could be tested just for the worrisome genes. That would be a good compromise.

Mary Ann
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