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In Vitro Fertilization and it's Moral and Ethical issues.

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Sue-Ellen Castellino Year 5 Biology Mrs. Drego In Vitro Fertilization and it's Moral and Ethical issues. In Vitro fertilization is one of those topics that contain various moral and ethical issues. I will attempt to discuss some of the moral and ethical issues. Additionally, I will draw a conclusion to whether I think in vitro fertilization is moral and ethical. Somewhere in the world, a "test-tube" baby is born every day. The birth of babies born through in vitro fertilization (IVF) no longer seems so miraculous. In fact, fertilization, outside the human body, is now available throughout the Western world. In North America, more than three hundred centers perform IVF, and the best centers report pregnancy rates of more than 30 percent per cycle after embryo transfer. That's even better than the 20 to 25 percent chance of natural pregnancy in any given month under normally ideal conditions. Quote "Yet, fewer than 5% of infertile couples in treatment actually use IVF" unquote. ...read more.

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It should be highlighted that in the past genetics was found to be the main cause for disabilities. So, how can the blame be transferred to IVF when we are still experimenting with genetics. When seen in different light some of those moral issues can be seen as unfair to those who practice it and need it. For example, when a married couple of child baring age, cannot conceive and have tried all possible ways to no avail, they then turn to and place their hopes in, in vitro fertilization. There is a higher chance of conceiving with IVF in those cases where both persons are healthy but due to various circumstances cannot bring about natural conception. Hence IVF does bring hope to those who have tried and failed at the natural level. Hence to those persons, there would be no moral dilemma or question. On the pure ethical level, IVF tends to lend itself to the saying "playing GOD". ...read more.

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This does fuels the cause of problems in society and in civics. In conclusion, one cannot be judgmental in this issue. I would like to remain open minded at this moment; as; In Vitro fertilization does bring hope and life to those families who have run out of the natural conception option. I suppose I would support those women who are unfortunate in their ability to conceive naturally and in their context, I would not render a moral or ethical judgement. However, in the case of single women who wish to be mothers, I would strongly oppose, as my moral and ethical sensibilities would be disturbed at the idea of a 'fatherless society.' On the financial aspect I am deeply troubled that although IVF has been around since 1981 (U.S.), yet it has not been made available to the poorer and needy families due to the high cost. I take a middle path to what I think is moral and ethical about this issue, and believe that it depends on the persons concerned and the exercise of their own personal opinions and personal options available to them. ...read more.

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