LONDON, Aug 13 ( – Britain announced today a plan to have all pregnant women tested for HIV. Doctors will adminster the test as a routine procedure and those women wishing to forego the blood-test will be required to sign a waiver.  Detection of such viruses can lead to effective treatments to drastically lessen the chance of passing on the disease from a mother to her yet unborn child.  However, as past experience with these new technologies has shown, it may also lead to pressure to abort children and also lead to mandating other “search and destroy” pre-natal testing such as amniocentesis. 

With files from The Times.