Third party assisted conception: An african perspective

Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 29 (5):297-306 (2008)
The central importance of reproduction in all human cultures has given rise to many methods and techniques of assisting reproduction or overcoming infertility. Such methods and techniques have achieved spectacular successes in the Western world, where processes like in vitro fertilization (IVF) constitute a remarkable breakthrough. In this paper, the author attempts to reflect critically on assisted reproduction technologies (ART) from the background and perspective of African culture, a culture within which human reproduction is given the highest priority but which also exhibits a highly ambivalent attitude to modern technology-assisted methods of reproduction. The author considers the ethical crux of reproductive technologies to be linked to the issue of the moral status of the human embryo and argues that a morally significant line of demarcation cannot be drawn between embryos and other categories of humans.
Keywords Assisted human reproduction  Infertility  In vitro fertilization (IVF)  African culture  Human embryo  Moral status  Industrialized Western world
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DOI 10.1007/s11017-008-9082-0
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