Ethics of In-Vitro Fertilization
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The paper outlines the technique of in-vitro fertilization and the controversial methods of Dr. Kamrava who performs multiple IVF implantations in order to increase his success rate. The paper describes the case of Nadya Suleman who supported the implantation of six embryos; the paper considers the ethical considerations involved as well as the justifications offered by Suleman herself. The paper argues that the implantation of six embryos instead of the two recommended by the ASRM by Dr. Kamrava was medically irresponsible and ethically unsound in light of the tremendously increased risk of complications and the virtual certainty of birth defects and lifelong disabilities for at least one of the resulting children.
Justification and Response
Justification and Response
From the Paper:"According to Dr. John Jain, founder of Santa Monica Fertility Specialists, the novel fertility techniques pioneered by Kamrava are "controversial", especially in connection with the decision to implant so many embryos simultaneously into the patient (Mohajer, 2009). In general, IVF pregnancies are more problematic than non-IVF pregnancies, and multiple pregnancies are always more delicate than single pregnancies (Levine, 2008). In that regard, IVF-induced multiple pregnancies are significantly more likely to be associated with medical complications (Levine, 2008) and according to medical authorities, there are no known cases of octuplet birth in which none of the infants was born without "severe" disabilities (Clift, 2009)."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Clift, E."Birth of Octoplets Raises Questions About Fertility Industry" April 28, 2009. Retrieved April 29, 2009 from the opednews.com online website at:http://www.opednews.com/articles/Birth-of-Octoplets-Raises-by-Elayne-Clift-090426-153.html
- Levine, C. (2008). Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Bioethical Issues. 12th Ed. Dubuque Iowa: McGraw Hill.
- Mohajer, S. "Nadya Suleman, Octuplets Mom, Identifies Fertilization Clinic" The Associated Press; February 9, 2009. Retrieved April 30, 2009, from The Huffington Post online website, at: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/02/09/nadya-suleman-octuplets-m_1_n_165203.html?view=screen
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