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Ethical Issues in Creating a Child 

Ethical Issues in Creating a Child
Chapter:
Ethical Issues in Creating a Child
Source:
Pediatric Ethics: Protecting the Interests of Children
Author(s):

Alan R. Fleischman

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199354474.003.0002

This chapter describes the burgeoning field of reproductive technology, the use of medical approaches to assist in the creation of embryos and babies in the face of infertility from a variety of causes. It examines the many religious and ethical concerns of practitioners and patients associated with artificial insemination, gamete and embryo donation, storage and disposition, and the practices of in vitro fertilization, gestational surrogacy, and preimplantation genetic diagnosis.The chapter discusses the arguments against all these approaches, including the religious points of view (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim). The role of the use of government funds, as well as private insurance to overcome infertility is covered.

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