Genetic impediments to marriage


A group of Orthodox Jews in New York and Israel are using genetic screening for young people. Schoolchildren have a blood test to see if they carry genes for any of three recessive diseases, Tay-Sachs, cystic fibrosis and Gaucher's disease. The results are stored as codes and if a boy and girl want to date they are encouraged to call the central office with their identification numbers. The goal is to discourage people from dating or marrying who are at risk of passing on inherited disorders. They are then told if their is a risk of having children with the diseases and may be offered genetic counselling. Prenatal testing is not generally unacceptable to Jews.

Broader Problems:
Impediments to marriage
Narrower Problems:
Hereditary diseases
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced Inequality
Problem Type:
G: Very specific problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST