Synopses & Reviews
"... extremely valuable. [This book] addresses exactly the right questions in a balanced, nuanced way." --Journal of the American Medical Association
"Cohen's book is a major contribution to the literature of the inevitable." --Medical Humanities Review
"This book provides readers with an insightful overview of the practice of oocyte donation, the broader issues raised by this innovative yet problematic technology and, given the recommendations of NABER, how these issues mights be resolved.... Well written, structured, researched, and thought-provoking, this book makes a timely, important, and worthwhile contribution to the growing body of reproductive technology scholarship." --Doody's Health Sciences Book Review Home Page
"Detailed notes; extensive references; comprehensive research... Recommended..." --Choice
Leading scholars investigate the difficult ethical, legal, and policy issues that surround egg donation and the new reproductive technologies as a whole. In addition, the book describes procedures at four egg-donation centers and presents a new set of guidelines from the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction.
In this book, leading scholars investigate the difficult ethical, legal, and policy issues that surround egg donation and the new reproductive technologies as a whole. Of special interest are feminist inquiries into perceptions of women involved in egg donation; the effects of race, ethnicity, and socio-economic status on the uses of such technologies; and moral and theological questions about whether third-party gamete donation should be used at all. In addition, the book describes procedures at four egg-donation centers in the United States, including private for-profit and university-based non-profit programs, and presents a new set of guidelines from the National Advisory Board on Ethics in Reproduction (NABER), a panel in the private sector with members from the fields of ethics, theology, law, medicine, genetics, and public policy.
About the Author
CYNTHIA B. COHEN is Senior Research Fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University and Adjunct Associate at the Hastings Center. She is the former Executive Director of NABER and has published extensively in the field of medical ethics, including editing the Casebook on the Termination of Life-Sustaining Treatment and the Care of the Dying.
Table of Contents
Part A. Procedures and Policies at Four Oocyte Donation Centers
1. Donor OOcyte Program at University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Nancy A. Klein, M.D., Gretchen Sewall, R.N., M.S.W., and Michael R. Soules, M.D.
2. OOcyte Donation Program at Montefiore Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York. David H. Barad, M.D. and Brian L. Cohen, M.D.
3. Oocyte Donation Service at IVF America-Boston, Waltham, Massachusetts. Patricia M. McShane, M.D.
4. Oocyte Donation Program at Huntington Reproductive Center: Quality Control Issues, Pasadena, California. Paulo Serafini, M.D., Jeffrey Nelson, D.O., Shelley B. smith, M.A., M.F.C.C., Ana Richardson, R.N., B.S.N., and Joel Batzofin, M.D.
Part B. Ethical Policy Issues Raised by Egg Donation
5. New Reproductive Technologies and the Family. Thomas H. Murray, Ph.D.
6. Moral Concerns about Institutionalized Gamete Donation. Lisa Sowle Cahill, Ph.D.
7. Parents Anonymous. Cynthia B. Cohen, Ph.D., J.D.
8. What Is Wrong with Commodification? Ruth macklin, Ph.D.
9. Genetic Screening in Oocyte Donation: Ethical and Legal Aspects. Carson STrong, Ph.D.
10. Towards a Feminist Perspective on Gamete Donation and Reception Policies. Rosemarie Tong, Ph.D.
11. Private and Public Policy Alternatives in Oocyte Donation. Andrea L. Bonnicksen, Ph.D.
12. Legal Uncertainties in Human Egg Donation. John A. Robertson, J.D.
13. The Differential Effects of Race, Ethnicity, and Socioeconomic Status on Infertility and its Treatment: Ethical and Policy Issues for Oocyte Donaltion. Elizabeth Heitman, Ph.D. and Mary Schlachtenhaufen, J.D.