Issue Analysis #1
Frozen Embryos, Who has legal rights?
February 16, 2000
Invitro is defined as, “In glass, as in a test tube”(Taber’s cyclopedic dictionary,1993), hence with reference to invitro fertilization, the term “Test tube baby”. The first ‘test tube baby’ was Louise Brown of England (Jonsen, A. R., 1996). Dr. Patrick Steptoe and Professor Robert Edwards combined an ovum from Mrs. Brown, and sperm from Mr. Brown cultured it in a petri dish, and reimplanted the now embryo into Mrs. Brown’s uterus (Jonsen, A. R.,1996). The result was the same as a child born in the usual way, only the means to the end was different. The media had a field day with this, and since then, reproduction as we know it has changed.
We now use the term “assisted reproduction” to describe a host of methods used to assist infertile couples to have children. A menagerie of large terms, abbreviations, and acronyms are used under the umbrella of this term, such as GIFT, IVF, FSH, AID, etc. The bottom line is that technology has allowed man to take yet another matter into his own hands, that may be considered “playing God”.
Hull Ethical issues in the new reproductive technologies (pp. The EAB disbanded in 1979 (Caplan, A. A contract could cover many different possibilities. 8220;O brave new world8221;: Rationality in reproduction. with any new procedure or product, there are always 8220;bugs to work out8221;. Many things in life are done by accident, but these embryos are not one of them. For this reason, reproduction may have been better served by the one who used to control it, before man took over. Perhaps we could create a release of responsibility for Mr. Anticipatory decision-making certainly would alleviate the daunting task of deciding these issues after the fact. Unfortunately, the idea of whether or not these embryos are considered children weighs heavily on the matter. Wade based it8217;s decision on abortion being part of a woman8217;s privacy. While they are not a part of the woman8217;s body yet, this is the intended place for them to grow, and obviously they cannot grow inside of the father, at least yet.