The Ethics of "Making Babies"

The 2017 Annual Bioethics Conference: The Ethics of “Making Babies, will be held at Harvard Medical School on April 6-7, 2017. This year’s topic is reproductive technologies.
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:

  • Access to Reproductive Technology
  • Criminalization of Reproductive Choice
  • Freezing Eggs and Creating Patients: Reproductive Autonomy
  • The End of Sex and the Future of Human Reproduction
  • Sex Selection as a Gateway to Gene Editing
  • Egg Donation and Payments
  • Uterine Transplants
  • Gene Editing

Following the conference, a collection of essays written by conference speakers will be 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 will examine 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,”  was 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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