In Defense of in-vitro Fertilization Argumentative Essay by Mgmleo

In Defense of in-vitro Fertilization
A look at the process, pros and cons of in-vitro fertilization.
# 104512 | 3,257 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2006 | US
Published on Jun 17, 2008 in Medical and Health (Medical Studies) , Ethics (General)

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This paper deals with the issue of in-vitro fertilization (IVF) - a practice of assisted reproductive technology that is now practiced all over the world. The author describes the process of IVF, the ethical issues that surround it as well as the pros and cons of the treatment. There are also two case studies included in this paper that defend the use of the IVF procedure.

The Process of In-Vitro Fertilization
Fertility Options
Two Case Studies -- Defending IVF

From the Paper:

"Since the mid 1980's, this problem (at least according to some people) has become part of what is now known as assisted reproductive technology (ART), "a family of medical procedures that rely on advanced technology to achieve fertilization and pregnancy without intercourse." And within this "family," one procedure, now practiced all over the world, has generated great controversy and debate, namely, in-vitro fertilization (IVF), "a multi-step process in which a woman's eggs are grown with the aid of superovulatory drugs, retrieved from the ovaries at their peak, fertilized with sperm in lab dishes, and then transferred to the uterus in order to achieve pregnancy" (Elder, 79).
"Not surprisingly, in-vitro fertilization has generated quite a few ethical bombshells, one being a prominent fertility doctor who used his own sperm for insemination which resulted in seventy-five pregnancies (Flynn, 97). Thus, the scope of the problem related to unethical behavior is large since in-vitro fertilization is a huge,
worldwide industry which continues to expand every single year. The Office of Technology Assessment has estimated more than one billion dollars was spent in 1987 on infertility treatments by an estimated 2.5 million American couples."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • "A Sister for Joshua." Center for Practical Bioethics. Internet. 2006. Retrieved from CompID=75.
  • Awadalla, Sherif. "In Vitro Fertilization (IVF)." The Fertility Network. Internet. 2006. Retrieved from
  • Elder, Kay. In Vitro Fertilization. New York: Cambridge University Press, 1997.
  • Fishel, Stanford. In Vitro Fertilization: Past, Present and Future. UK: Oxford University Press, 1986.
  • Flynn, Eileen P. Human Fertilization In Vitro: A Catholic Moral Perspective. Lanham, NY: University Press of America, 1984.

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