Doyle: NC’s New Abortion Law Creates New Challenges for Genetic Counselors and Patients

Posted on September 24, 2023

Lauren Doyle

Rachel Veazey, a genetic counselor in North Carolina, is trained in several fields of genetic counseling, but what she really enjoys is getting to know families through their pregnancy journeys.

“It’s an honor to support families and help them understand their value system, and what’s happening,” Veazey said.

Reproductive or prenatal genetic counselors like Veazey help guide patients through difficult decisions regarding pregnancy. They help patients know what to expect and how to prepare for the birth of a baby with a genetic condition or disability, and discuss options such as pregnancy continuation, raising a child, adoption and abortion.