거의 100 GOP lawmakers send letter demanding FDA provide answers on prenatal screening

대표. 칩 로이, R- 텍사스, 이것의. 스티브 데인즈, R-Mt., 및 담당자. Michelle Fischbach, R- 민., along with over 90 colleagues in both chambers, sent the 편지 to the federal agency on Jan. 21.

The legislators addressed the letter to Acting Commissioner of Food and Drugs Janet Woodcock.

We write to you today because it is our understanding that many of these tests have not been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and we seek further clarification from the agency on this important matter,” 읽은 편지.

대표. 칩 로이 (R-TX), joined by Rep. 마조리 테일러 그린 (R-GA), speaks at a news conference about the National Defense Authorization Bill at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 22, 2021 워싱턴, D.C.

대표. 칩 로이 (R-TX), joined by Rep. 마조리 테일러 그린 (R-GA), speaks at a news conference about the National Defense Authorization Bill at the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 22, 2021 워싱턴, D.C. (Kevin Dietsch)

EXPERTS WARN PRENATAL SCREENING TESTS CAN LEAD TO FALSE POSITIVE RESULTS IN SOME CASES

The letter is in response to a 뉴욕 타임즈 article that claims the tests, which are used to detect the risk of a fetus having rare genetic abnormalities, often result in false positives. According to the article, a recent study shows thatpositive results on those tests are incorrect about 85 시간의 백분율.”

Screenings such as NIPT are used to detect chromosomal disorders caused by the presence of an extra or missing copy (aneuploidy) of a chromosome, according to health experts. Primarily, noninvasive prenatal testing detects the fetus’ risk for common chromosomal conditions, including trisomy 21 (다운 증후군), trisomy 18 (Edwards syndrome) and trisomy 13 (Patau syndrome).

The tests have now expanded to being used to detect some other rare chromosomal diseases and conditions associated with microdeletion chromosomal disorders, 여러 보고서에 따르면. Depending on the disorder, the accuracy of the test can vary, 전문가들은 말한다.

Republican Congressional candidate Michelle Fischbach speaks during a rally for President Donald Trump at the Bemidji Regional Airport on Sept. 18, 2020 in Bemidji, 미네소타.

Republican Congressional candidate Michelle Fischbach speaks during a rally for President Donald Trump at the Bemidji Regional Airport on Sept. 18, 2020 in Bemidji, 미네소타. (Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)

Included at the end of the letter are 13 questions asking for more information regarding the approval process of the tests, oversight of the quality of the tests and data on “어느 (만약에 어떠한) of the prenatal genetic screening tests are FDA approved.The legislators state these answers need to be answeredto protect vulnerable populations like persons with disabilities, pregnant mothers, and their unborn children.

REPUBLICAN POLITICIANS CALL FOR ACTION AGAINST BIOTECH PANIES AFTER REPORT ON PRENATAL TESTING FAILURES

The results of non-invasive prenatal testing are often used by parents to prepare for the birth of their child. 하나, the lawmakers areconcerned that they could be a predatory financial windfall for manufacturers and directly result in the termination of innocent human life.

에 따르면 2017 연구 published by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, clinical service in Singapore found that “~로부터 33 cases with confirmed DS (Down Syndrome) following invasive testing or high risk NIPT where outcomes were known, 29 terminated (87.9%) 과 4 (12.1%) continued with 1 being stillborn.

Doctor examines pregnant belly for the baby and mother's health check up.

Doctor examines pregnant belly for the baby and mother’s health check up. (iStock)

The letter was sent and released to the public the same day thousands of pro-life Americans participated in the 49th annual March for Life 워싱턴, D.C. Roy attended the march and spoke with Fox News Digital about the demands.

Roy said it’s a matter of tellingwhether or not those [screenings] are actually putting out the right kind of information for parents to make good decisions rather than actually convincing them to abort on bad information.

Aside from sending the letter, Roy said he is committed to stopping taxpayer funding for organizations like Planned Parenthood, adding that bureaucrats aretargeting our way of life.But Roy added that much more needs to be done outside the halls of Congress.

My job as a member of Congress is to remind people that we need to still win minds and hearts,” 그는 말했다. “We have a lot of work to do to make sure we’re fighting and defending life.

Fox News’ Amy McGorry contributed to this report.

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