The New Scientist is devoting much of this weeks print edition to the topic of Assisted Reproduction. Jo Whelan’s piece on Sex for Fun and IVF for Children caught my eye.
Here is a frightening quote in her article by John Harris, a bioethicist at the University of Manchester, UK.
“No embryo has a right to be implanted, and a woman has no obligation to have any embryo implanted if she does not want to,” he says. “She makes a choice about which embryo, if any, to accept. I cannot see any justification for her being denied the information to make that choice rationally.”
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.