In vitro fertilisation cause increased medical risks in children

A frequently asked question in social media is whether children born through in vitro fertilisation have a higher risk of suffering medical problems than those conceived naturally. A major systematic review that included 38 studies (Fertility and Sterility 13; 707-719, 2015) has...

Infertility. Number of women attending assisted reproduction clinics increased

The number of women aged between 15 and 44 years old who attend infertility clinics varied from 9% in 1982 to 15% in 1995; in 2002 it fell to 12%, and remained at this level over the period 2006-2010. Although the percentage of women attending these clinics has increased during...

IVF clinic success rates. Live birth rates are much lower than those claimed in their advertising brochures.

An important medical and ethical issue is to determine the efficacy of in-vitro fertilisation (IVF) following one or several fertilisation cycles. In other words, the likelihood of a woman giving birth to a live child after three or more fertilisation cycles in a IVF clinic, i.e....

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,...

Genetic selection of embryos: a technique that is clearly eugenic

Just 35 years ago, the world witnessed the birth of Louise Brown, the first test-tube baby. At the beginning of this month, just a few days before the anniversary of this event, a team at the University of Oxford announced at the European Society of Human Reproduction and...
Posted On 17 Jan 2016
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Children with two genetic mothers and a genetic father from a personalist bioethics perspective

Two genetic mothers practice can genetically modify the germline and cause problems in offspring, by being genetically linked three people: two genetic mothers and a father. On 3rd February 2015, the British House of Commons gave the green light to the possibility of using a...
Posted On 08 May 2015
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Infertility treatments or an attempt to delay having children?

Suppsosed suuport for infertility tratements featured by Apple and Facebook  is really an interest in employers “care for loved ones and raise their families”? Introduction. Last 15th October, NBC News featured a news story that was then picked up by a national...

Embryo reduction, common practice in HIV techniques. Healthy fetuses elimination to “solve” the problem of multiple pregnancies

“We believe that even a single fetal reduction is ethically questionable and that the practice should not be in use at all” One of the main consequences of the use of In Vitro Fertilization is the significant increase in multiple pregnancies; however, this can also be...
Posted On 01 Apr 2014
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