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The influence of faith and religion and the role of religious and community leaders in prenatal decisions for sickle cell disorders and thalassaemia major

Authors: Shenaz Ahmed1*, Karl Atkin2, Jenny Hewison1 and Josephine Green3 Academic Unit of Psychiatry & Behavioural Sciences, University of Leeds, Leeds, UK 2Health Sciences, University of York, York, UK 3Mother & Infant Research Unit, University of York, York, UK Objectives Religion is believed to have a significant impact on individuals

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Attitude of Saudi families affected with hemoglobinopathies towards prenatal screening and abortion and the influence of religious ruling (Fatwa)

Authors: Fowzan S. Alkuraya and Ramzi A. Kilani* Department of Pediatrics, King Khaled University Hospital-King Saud University, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia Hemoglobinopathies are common inherited disorders in Saudi Arabia. Prenatal diagnosis for such diseases is specific and sensitive but not yet implemented in Saudi Arabia. Saudis are Muslims with a very

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