Infertility and IVF

TitleInfertility and IVF
Publication TypeCase Study
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsHedahl, M, Henderson, M, Heurer, K, Nelson, JL, Rieder, TN, Whyte, K
Corporate AuthorsGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society,, American Society for Bioethics + Humanities,
Date Published04/2013
PublisherGeorgetown University Undergraduate Bioethics Society
Place PublishedWashington, D.C.
KeywordsBIOETHICS , Biomedical , biomedical engineering , Law , MEDICINE
Abstract(Page 6 of PDF) Anna and George, a married couple who for years were unable to have a baby, are considering in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as an alternative way of conceiving. However, the couple is familiar with some common risks to children conceived through IVF, included genetic imprinting disorders such as Angelman syndrome which can cause severe intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, which can causes some children not to survive infancy, and can cause problems with feeding and sleeping, as well as a risk of tumors throughout childhood. Both Ana and George are worried that, through their own desire to have a baby, may be responsible for undue suffering of a child born with such a problem. Are alternatives, such as adoption, morally superior to the traditional IVF route?
NotesCase from the 2013 Bioethics Bowl head as part of the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference. Hosted by Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. April 5-7, 2013.
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