The Ethics of “Making Babies” conference was organized by a committee and chaired by Dr. Louise King, director of reproductive ethics at the Center. The event focused on the ethical issues raised in the use of reproductive technologies.
The purpose of the conference was to address the ethical issues and legal implications raised by the use of assisted reproductive technologies, currently an area with little regulatory oversight in the United States. In a field marked by rapid technological innovation, policy makers, physician-scientists, and those seeking infertility treatment, must navigate questions related to conception in a landscape of shifting cultural norms and ideological divisions. The Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics’ Annual Bioethics Conference convened experts from education, medicine, law and other key stakeholders to frame and discuss the ethical implications of both current and developing reproductive technologies.
Currently, a collection of essays is being written by conference speakers and compiled and edited by Louise King and Josephine Johnston, director of research and a research scholar at the Hastings Center. This essay collection will concepts of reproductive autonomy in the context of specific situations that arise in assisted reproduction.
Download conference program here.