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Ethics, Embryos, and Infertility

Ruth Deech and Anna Smajdor

in From IVF to Immortality

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219780
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191713002 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199219780.003.0003
Ethics, Embryos, and Infertility

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This chapter explores the ethical issues raised by reproductive technologies. The authors discuss the idea that relief of infertility is in itself a worthy ethical goal. They evaluate the concept of autonomy in the context of reproduction, and evaluate the role of law and regulation in constraining people's reproductive desires. The risks associated with reproductive technology are discussed, and the effects of individual reproductive decisions on the public are considered. The importance of consent in the context of fertility treatment is explored, and the idea that reproduction is inherently private is analysed. Ethical considerations related to children born as a result of reproductive children are also considered.

Keywords: ethics; infertility; reproductive autonomy; privacy; non-identity

Chapter.  8678 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Medical and Healthcare Law

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