Assisted reproductive technologies and equity of access issues

Peterson, M. M. (2005) Assisted reproductive technologies and equity of access issues. Journal of Medical Ethics, 31 5: 280-285. doi:10.1136/jme.2003.007542

Author Peterson, M. M.
Title Assisted reproductive technologies and equity of access issues
Journal name Journal of Medical Ethics   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0306-6800
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1136/jme.2003.007542
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 31
Issue 5
Start page 280
End page 285
Total pages 6
Editor J. Savalescu
K. Boyd
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher B M J Publishing Group
Language eng
Subject C1
780199 Other
440104 Applied Ethics (incl. Bioethics and Environmental Ethics)
Abstract In Australia and other countries, certain groups of women have traditionally been denied access to assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs). These typically are single heterosexual women, lesbians, poor women, and those whose ability to rear children is questioned, particularly women with certain disabilities or who are older. The arguments used to justify selection of women for ARTs are most often based on issues such as scarcity of resources, and absence of infertility ( in lesbians and single women), or on social concerns: that it goes against nature''; particular women might not make good mothers; unconventional families are not socially acceptable; or that children of older mothers might be orphaned at an early age. The social, medical, legal, and ethical reasoning that has traditionally promoted this lack of equity in access to ARTs, and whether the criteria used for client deselection are ethically appropriate in any particular case, are explored by this review. In addition, the issues of distribution and just gatekeeping'' practices associated with these sensitive medical services are examined.
Keyword Medical Ethics
Social Issues
Social Sciences, Biomedical
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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