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Reproductive Medicine on the Ethical Frontier I love kids and I always wanted to have them They said theyd tried it in sheep and it worked Stacie McBain was recently diagnosed with cancer at the age of 20 Doctors told her that the treatment she would undergo will ultimately leave her infertile In light of this devastating news was an experimental procedure that had given Stacie the chance to become a mother Her wish was no longer in the hands of God but in the technology discovered by a doctor Such experimental operations have occurred across the globe for over a decade placing fertility procedures in the eye of an ethical storm Meyer 94 The question remains are doctors playing God or just giving infertile patients their wish to become parents The advances in science and medicine have led to the increase in ethical disputes For many couples desperate to have children fertility procedures are a momentous opportunity which come with a high price According to the New England Journal of Medicine in 1994 the fertility industry cost the US Health-care system between 60000 and 110000 for each successful pregnancy Not only are these operations expensive but also tantalizing and to some immoral We often get ahead of ourselves in technologicallyAnd the ethics were still wrestling with those kinds of questions Silverman In-vitro fertilization artificial insemination and fertility drugs are all available prospects for the infertile couple today The Ethics Committee of the American Fertility Society states Artificial insemination by donor may be the best solution to overcome the infertile couples inability to have their ownchild In-vitro fertilization otherwise known as test-tube babies is a process in which doctors remove ovaries and prepare them in a petri dish along with the males sperm to ensure pregnancy This process begins with the female submitting to a two-week regimen of daily drug injections tedious blood shots and a number
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