School of Law

Research Student: Razan Alben-Ali

Compulsory pre-marital screening in Kuwait

The research is an analysis on the extent of a compulsory pre-marital screening to be justified socially, ethically, and lawfully. It will start by an analysis of the pre-marital law in the Arab region in general and in Kuwait in specific, and the policy behind mandating such a law.

The social implications are the issues that are connected to the way of life in a community that is part of the tradition and the culture of the country. Since the thesis is based on pre-marital screening, this section will discuss consanguineous marriage and religion as part of the social justifications to have a compulsory pre-marital screening.

The ethical implications are the issues that are related to principles and morals that protect the dignity of a human being. Therefore, in this section the thesis will be dealing with stigmatization, discrimination, disability’s perspective, privacy and confidentiality.

The lawful implications are the sets of laws that would indicate that having a compulsory pre-marital screening goes in accordance with both international and national laws.

The thesis will also study other possible alternatives to screening for genetic disorders such as having an abortion of a severely disabled foetus, or filing a lawsuit against the physician’s negligent act that resulted in giving birth to a severely disabled child, such as wrongful birth and life claims. Addressing the alternatives to screening would help determine whether screening for genetic disorders can be justified socially, ethically, and lawfully.

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