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Ethical issues

Assisted reproduction is a technology that has raised many ethical dilemmas.

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For instance, questions regarding the use of sperm donors as:

ethics→  Using sperm donor in general (anonymous or non-anonymous donation).

→  Should parents or the child have access to data of the biological father?

→  Is every child’s right to know his/her biological father?

→  How many couples can be treated using the sperm of one donor?

Questions regarding the use of egg donor as:

→  Is egg donation an altruistic offer or a commercial transaction?

→  What is the upper age limit of an egg recipient and who can decide on that?

→  Should parents or the child have access to data of the biological mother?

What happens in cases of surrogacy?

→  Is surrogacy an altruistic offer or a commercial transaction?

→  Is it acceptable for society to allow women use their bodies only for gestational purposes under a signed contract?

→  Is it ethical for surrogate mothers to use their bodies only for gestational purposes under a signed contract?

PGD has also raised serious ethical questions, as:

→  Sex selection. Should it be allowed or not?

→  Is it right to destroy embryos and who is responsible for that?

→  Is it better to prohibit any genetic testing, even in cases that it is essential, and allow unhealthy children to be born?

→  Should PGD be offered only to create healthy children compatible with their unhealthy brothers/sisters (HLA matching)?

These questions are only a very small sample of how wide is the issue of assisted reproduction. There are many factors to consider before proceeding with this trip-of-a-lifetime.