More on Ethical Issues
For instance, questions regarding the use of sperm donors as:
→ 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.