Although IVF has been around for over 30 years, it is still a matter of debate today for a variety of reasons. With IVF clinics, the ethical questions arise from the fact that new lives are being created by the doctors and nurses involved. The welfare of the unborn child must be considered. Should unmarried couples get treatment? What about those where one partner has children from a previous relationship? Other questions can also arise, such as whether parents should be able to select the gender, eye colour, hair colour or any other feature of their child. This can include selecting children in order for them to be suitable as donors (bone marrow, kidney) for older siblings. These issues are not dealt with by individual ethics committees but are instead decided by the HFEA (Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority). This government organisation inspects and regulates fertility clinics in the UK. This video investigates the range of issues surrounding IVF treatment, considering both religious and moral perspectives, alongside the current legislation and practice in Britain.
Production Year: 2011
Duration: 21 min
Series: Medical Ethics
Printable Resources: Yes
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