Lesbian Motherhood and Genetic Choices
Chan, Connie S.
Fox, Janis H.
McCormick, Richard A.
Murphy, Timothy F.
Ethics and Behavior. 1993; 3(2): 211-222.
Rhonda, a physician, and Clara, a registered nurse, have been lovers for the past 7 years. Both women are in their 30s, in good health, and financially stable. Clara has contacted Dr. Robinson, a highly regarded obstetrician and geneticist, with an unusual request. Clara is seeking to become pregnant by means of in vitro fertilization (IVF) with an embryo transfer (ET) technology. She proposes being implanted with ova harvested from her partner, Rhonda, and fertilized in vitro with donor sperm from a local medical-school sperm bank. Dr. Robinson explains the relatively low success rate involved in IVF and ET techniques and suggests artificial insemination of Clara's own ova. Clara and Rhonda understand the low success rates but are undeterred. Their mutual goal is not merely to have a child but to share in the maternity of their children. What ethical issues are raised by the plan Clara and Rhonda propose? What are Dr. Robinson's ethical responsibilities with respect to the request by Clara and Rhonda?
Alternatives; Artificial Insemination; Autonomy; Children; Cosmetic Surgery; Consent; Disclosure; Donors; Economics; Embryo Transfer; Family Relationship; Females; Health; Health Insurance; Homosexuals; In Vitro Fertilization; Infertility; Informed Consent; Insurance; IVF; Methods; Mothers; Ovum; Ovum Donors; Parent Child Relationship; Physicians; Reproduction; Reproductive Technologies; Resource Allocation; Risks and Benefits; Responsibilities; Selection for Treatment; Semen Donors; Sperm; Stigmatization; Surgery; Technology;
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