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Ethical Issues in Selecting Embryos

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  • ROSAMOND RHODES

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    1. Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, New York 10029, USA
    • Address for correspondence: Dr. Rosamond Rhodes, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Box #1108, One Gustave Levy Place, New York, New York 10029. Voice: 212-241-3757; fax: 212-427-7862; rosamond_rhodes@mssm.edu.

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Abstract

People involved in assisted reproduction frequently make decisions about which of several embryos to implant or which of several embryos to reduce from a multiple pregnancy. Yet, others have raised questions about the ethical acceptability of using sex or genetic characteristics as selection criteria. This paper reviews arguments for rejecting embryo selection and discusses the subject of choosing offspring in terms of the centrality of liberty and autonomous choice in ethics. It also presents a position on the acceptable scope of embryo selection and the professional responsibilities of those who practice reproductive medicine.

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