Human Embryology: France Seeks Policy in Haste
Nature. 1985 Feb 28; 313(6005): 728.
A summary is provided of the political situation in France with regard to social control of new reproductive technologies, including in vitro fertilization, embryo research, the donation of sperm and ova, and surrogate motherhood. Local ethics committees and the "national ethical committee" established by the medical research council INSERM, both of which fall under the health ministry, have been slow to act, and now the justice ministry is rushing to fill the gap because France is slated to take the lead in the Council of Europe debate on the subject later in the year. Neither ministry seems to have taken to heart President Mitterrand's call for public participation in setting policy. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Artificial Insemination; Donors; Embryo Research; Embryos; Ethics; Ethics Committees; Health; In Vitro Fertilization; Justice; Legal Aspects; Mothers; Medical Research; Ovum; Ovum Donors; Politics; Public Participation; Public Policy; Reproductive Technologies; Research; Semen Donors; Social Control; Sperm;
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