The recent successes with in vitro or extracorporeal fertilization ("IVF") in both England" and the United States have led to increased interest in this new medical technique. For a large number of women, IVF represents the most promising opportunity for reproduction. This breakthrough makes it possible for infertile couples to experience for the first time the joys of natural parenthood that fertile or "normal" couples take for granted. Pioneers in the field are therefore to be commended for their work. Unfortunately, like other innovative medical services, the IVF procedures also breed legal concerns which will demand resolution in the not-so-distant future. This note will explore these legal concerns and various ethical concerns, set forth the history of the IVF technique, and describe the medical procedure in use today.
Margaret I. Lane, Susan C. Bolton & Rose M. Alexander,
In Virto Fertilization: Hope for Childless Couples Breeds Legal Exposure for Physicians,
U. Rich. L. Rev.
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