New Reproductive Options: New Ethical Questions. Dianne Bartels, RN, MA, PhD Center for Bioethics University of Minnesota. Objectives. To examine the individual and social consequences of new biological technologies by looking at reproductive options
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New Reproductive Options: New Ethical Questions
Dianne Bartels, RN, MA, PhD
Center for Bioethics
University of Minnesota
Embryo adoption - proposed as an alternative after discussion of stem cell transplantation and cloning.
A response to a question about whether existing IVF embryos are really “spare” (unwanted) embryos.
Genetic testing now offers the option to
test for susceptibilities to diseases
like cystic fibrosis, breast cancer,
or Fanconi’s Anemia; genetics will
become the “new paradigm”
for health care.
Prenatal testing is often the first application of new tests.
So, what tests should be done/allowed?
One moral question is whether the end, (e.g. having a healthy child) justify the means
offering the choices about whether to continue a pregnancy
In fact a majority of couples who have used gamete donation to conceive their children do not intend to tell their children?