The Harvard Medical School Annual Bioethics Conference convenes leaders in the field to explore ethical questions and concerns in healthcare. Held each April, this two day, single track conference facilitates conversations among experts, and supports members of ethics committees, health care professionals, bioethicicists, administrators, attorneys and others who are interested in addressing ethical issues.
The April 6-7, 2017 conference The Ethics of “Making Babies” 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.
Conference statement of purpose:
The use of assisted reproductive technologies raises far-reaching ethical and legal implications, yet there is little regulatory oversight of these medical procedures 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.
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Presentation topics included:
See the conference agenda for more details.
Following the conference, a collection of essays written by conference speakers was compiled and edited by conference organizer Louise King, Center for Bioethics faculty, and Josephine Johnston, director of research and a research scholar at the Hastings Center. The essay collection examined concepts of reproductive autonomy in the context of specific situations that arise in assisted reproduction.
The Harvard Annual Bioethics Conference The Ethics of “Making Babies,” is co-sponsored by the Hastings Center, the Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics at Harvard Law School, and the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics with support from the Oswald DeN. Cammann Fund.
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