Frozen Embryos: Policy Issues
Flower, Michael J.
New England Journal of Medicine. 1985 Jun 13; 312(24): 1584-1588.
Issues associated with the freezing of embryos as an adjunct to in vitro fertilization are examined, and approaches for resolving them are suggested. Among the issues considered are the risk of inducing abnormalities in the embryo, the social and ethical implications of freezing, and public policy options ranging from active promotion to a laissez-faire approach to more or less stringent government regulation at the federal and/or state levels. It is concluded that the United States should promptly launch a comprehensive deliberative process with respect to further developments associated with in vitro fertilization before establishing any binding public policy. (KIE abstract)
Advisory Committees; Cryopreservation; Donors; Embryo Transfer; Embryos; Fetuses; Freezing; Government; Government Regulation; Human Experimentation; In Vitro Fertilization; International Aspects; Investigators; Legal Aspects; Moral Obligations; Ovum; Parents; Property Rights; Public Policy; Property; Regulation; Reproduction; Review; Rights; Risk; Risks and Benefits; Self Regulation; Social Impact; Standards;
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