New statistics on assisted reproduction in Europe. The pregnancy rate for IVF has not improved

Overall, the pregnancy rate for IVF (in our opinion the more relevant rate) has not improved in Europe, it is around 35% The 33rd Annual Meeting of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) has just been held in Geneva, Switzerland. At the meeting, Dr...

Possible production of children from artificial gamets. In vitro gametogenesis ethical problems

Breakthrough raises call for debate over prospect of artificial human eggs A new technical procedure, in vitro gametogenesis, is blazing a trail among new technologies. It basically consists of deriving both gametes — sperm and eggs — from a skin cell. An embryo can be created...

Third-party reproduction, -egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy- is an incraesing social problem

Is it an only case? The issue is of great relevance because third-party reproduction -egg donation, sperm donation, and surrogacy- and the problems it entails has been transformed in a social matter which affects children and parents. Could we hide this increasing problem? HERE...

Is egg donation an exploitation of women? Three comments on business egg donation

Egg Donation Often Involves Coercion Egg donors are recruited through ads in online classifieds, social media, and college newspapers, offering anywhere from $5,000 to $100,000. These ads rarely if ever make any mention of the potential health risks involved, nor do they reveal...

New Network against surrogate motherhood in Spain

Alicia Miyares is a feminist philosopher and writer. For a couple of years now, she has been involved in the movement “No somos Vasijas” (We are not vessels), together with other philosophers such as Amelia Valcárcel and Victoria Camps, dedicating a large part of her...

Surrogacy opposed by leading English feminist. In Asia to find poor women who allowed themselves to be inseminated to provide children

Julie Bindel is an English lesbian feminist born in 1962, who British newspaper the “Independent” included on its 2010 list of the 101 most influential gay and lesbian people in Great Britain. Although she has not been an activist for same-sex marriage (because she...

Surrogacy in America for male same-sex couples. This is a “select group” for whom the cost of children is particularly high

Of the 594,000 same-sex couple households in the United States, 115,000 have children In 2014, approximately 37,800 male same-sex couples in the United States had children, most through gestational surrogacy.   Little is known about the reasons these couples have for choosing...

Recent findings. Children conceived through assisted reproduction, now adolescents, have more medical problems

These recent findings should be taken into consideration when making an ethical assessment of assisted reproduction. An issue that often arises is whether children conceived through assisted reproductive technique – ART (see HERE) present more medical and/or mental health...

Study shows, for the first, time, that chromosomal abnormalities are strongly associated with IVF – assisted reprodution practices

The presence of chromosomal abnormalities in embryos is very high following hormonal ovarian stimulation and in vitro fertilisation (IVF), occasionally exceeding 50%. Regardless of other medical reasons, part of these are thought to be caused by the type of treatment used to...

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...