By Donna L. Dickenson

This quantity brings jointly an surprisingly wide diversity of specialists from reproductive drugs, scientific ethics, and legislation to deal with the $64000 moral difficulties in maternal-fetal drugs which influence without delay on scientific perform. The publication is split into elements by way of the levels of being pregnant, in which the authors conceal 4 major parts: the stability of strength within the doctor-patient dating and the justifiable limits of paternalism and autonomy; the influence of latest applied sciences and new illnesses; incapacity and enhancement; and difference--to what quantity should still the clinician appreciate the tenets of different faiths in a multicultural society.

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Singer, H. Kuhse, S. Buckle, K. Dawson and P. Kasimba, pp. 3–13. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. E. (1978). The Ethics of Homicide. Ithaca: Cornell University Press. J. (1973). Procreative rights and population policy. Hastings Center Studies 1: 74–82. , Jr. (1986). The Foundations of Bioethics. New York: Oxford University Press. Ethics Committee of the American Fertility Society (1990). Ethical considerations of the New Reproductive Technologies. Fertility and Sterility 53(Suppl. 2): i–vii, 1S–104S.

This occurs because medical intervention for the sake of the fetus becomes feasible, in the form of early delivery followed by neonatal care. Having delivery as an option makes it important to identify health problems for which delivery would beneWt the fetus, and thus obstetricians use available technologies to assess the viable fetus’s medical status. Similarly, birth is morally relevant because typically it results in the infant becoming involved in a growing number and variety of social relationships.

For example, research into maturation of oocytes is desirable for the reasons discussed at the beginning of the chapter. Another area of research involves cryopreservation of oocytes. The ability to freeze mature oocytes would be useful for several reasons. First, oocyte freezing could replace pre-embryo freezing when couples use in vitro fertilization (Dawson, 1990). Some couples would consider this desirable because it would avoid the ethical issues associated with disposing of extra pre-embryos.

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