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Volume 12, Issue 2, Number 47 / April-June
(pages 131-143)


The Moral Problems of Embryo Donation




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Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

Reproductive Biotechnology Research Center, Avicenna Research Institute, ACECR, Tehran, Iran

Received: 9/21/2010 Accepted: 1/5/2011

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Abstract
Embryo donation is one of assisted reproductive technologies used in the past few decades. Application of this technology, like any other novel biomedical service, has raised certain moral, religious, legal and social concerns. This paper deals with moral / philosophical concerns involved in embryo donation technology, taking into account the “general moral challenges concerning embryo donation”, “moral problems arising during the process of donation” and “moral problems appearing after donation”, and attempts to critically evaluate them. As a preliminary conclusion, utilizing embryo donation technology could be morally justifiable provided that certain moral and professional constraints are observed and probable abuses are prevented.

Keywords: Assisted Reproductive Techniques, Embryo donation, Infertility, Legal, Moral


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