Assisted reproduction ethics: bioethical and legal tangle

The European Court of Human Rights was hearing the case of Adelina Parrillo versus Italy.  The case goes back to 2002, when Adelina and her husband froze five embryos for future transfer. However, her husband died one year later. Adelina lost her dream of becoming a mother and...
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Assisted reproduction clinics advertising brochures are very far from the objective medical truth

Clear example of misleading advertising According to many advertising brochures from assisted reproduction clinics, women who attend them have 100% chance of achieving a pregnancy. However, this possibility — in our opinion — is very far from the objective medical truth. Along...

Older women pregnancy by assisted reproduction techniques, medical and ethical approach

Advanced reproductive age is a risk factor for women’s fertility, pregnancy loss, foetal abnormalities, stillbirth and obstetric complications. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee recently evaluated the ethics of assisted reproduction practices in...

Nepal, the Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques also bans surrogacy industry

The supreme court of justice in Nepal has decided to suspend all surrogacy programmes in the country. After surrogacy was banned in Thailand, Nepal became the new Mecca for assisted reproduction techniques for the women of those countries. Due to the urgent need for foreign...

Freezing embryos and FIV: an ethical approach

Added ethical difficulty, the damage inflicted on the embryo, which will be subjected to various freezing/thawing processes, resulting in many of them having to be discarded in the proces…. Introduction In its July 2014 edition, the journal Fertility and Sterility published...

Data on assisted reproduction in Europe do not agree with those given in the brochures of assisted reproduction clinics

The reality of IVF success rate  The European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has published a new report, the latest, on the outcomes of assisted reproduction in Europe, corresponding to the year 2011. It includes data from 33 countries, two more than in...

Who decides what to do when a foetal abnormality is diagnosed; surrogate mother or contracting parents?

The “professional model” defends the right of the surrogate mother to decide whether or not she wishes to have an abortion As we know, surrogacy consists in initiating a pregnancy in a woman other than the biological mother, with the intention that, when the child is born, he or...

Surrogate mother defied contracting parents by refusing to abort one of the triplets she is expecting

A Californian woman, Brittney Rose Torres, a surrogate mother pregnant with triplets, has received a request from the contracting parents to abort one of the foetuses because they do not want three babies. While the likelihood of triplets was not impossible, it did not enter into...

Sperm and egg donation anonymity does not appear to be justified

Sperm and egg donation – the donors and their children  will require re-evaluation of eachother relationships throughout the lifetime of the parties involved Anonymity in reproductive issues is being left behind. Thus, in their updated guidelines for gamete donation in...

Discerning medically assisted reproduction. Key concepts of the Magisterium of the Catholic Church

Author: D. Ignacio Carrasco de Paula,Bishop   of   Tapso was President of the Pontifical Academy for Life  e-mail: carrasco@pusc.it Is it morally licit to use medically assisted reproduction in a woman?  The response  of the  Congregation – a laconic  but  unequivocal non-licere,...
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