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  • BioEdge: Do reproductive rights survive gender reassignment?
    violates a right to healthcare and the right to procreate In the latest issue of BioNews Vardit Ravitsky of the University of Montreal and Professor David Heyd of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem argue that the Ministry of Health is ethically wrong What if the transgender person now functioning as a man were to partner with a woman who could act as a surrogate with the help of donated sperm They would form a family or rather a reproductive unit Rather than considering each individual in this scenario separately which leads to the framing of the female partner as a surrogate we should consider this through the lens of the couple s reproductive project The couple as the reproductive unit already has the required egg and uterus all they are missing is donated sperm What about the effect upon the child of this complicated parentage Things are already quite complicated in the world of assisted reproduction Ravitsky and Heyd argue Another step forward is unlikely to make much difference In any case the paramount consideration is reproductive autonomy Although the situation might seem confusing it is not necessarily more problematic than numerous others Many children are born today to two mothers or two fathers to a genetic mother who is not the birth mother in surrogacy to a birth mother who is not the genetic mother in egg donation and more We doubt that this scenario would raise substantially new challenges to the child s identity As a postscript the world s first pregnant man Thomas Beattie who had three children before completing gender reassignment surgery is divorcing his her wife and alleging serious emotional and physical abuse at her hands S he became briefly famous in 2007 posing for a photo which portrayed him her as heavily pregnant but

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/do_reproductive_rights_survive_gender_reassignment/10072 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    provoked an uproar at last week s Women Deliver 2013 conference in Kuala Lumpur when he denied the absoluteness of reproductive rights US doctors back routine screening for reproductive coercion Michael Cook 27 January 2013 Comments tags reproductive coercion reproductive rights Doctors should routinely screen women and teenagers for reproductive coercion says a committee of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Do reproductive rights survive gender reassignment Michael Cook 19 May 2012 Comments tags reproductive rights transgender Another adventure in the Wild West of assisted reproduction this time from Israel An Israeli woman who is undergoing sex reassignment surgery wants to freeze her ovarian tissue before she has her hysterectomy Canadian bioethicist asks why have children Michael Cook 20 April 2012 Comments tags parenthood reproductive rights Is it good to have children Most people would think so but there is a range of views amongst utilitarian bioethicists The latest contribution to this debate comes from a Canadian feminist philosopher Christine Overall She published a book in February which is currently making a splash in bioethics circles Why Have Children Florida woman imprisoned in hospital to save baby Jared Yee 30 January 2010 Comments tags reproductive rights State could gain

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/reproductive+rights (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: NYC transgenders sue to change birth certificates
    afford surgery and that transitioning with hormones or other treatment ought to be enough We have an unemployment rate twice the national average and four times the national average of people who live on less than 10 000 a year said Mara Keisling of the National Center for Transgender Equality Part of the problem is people are less employable because they don t have IDs that match who they are It s tied together in a cycle Other jurisdictions are more lenient according to an AP story Washington state requires only a doctor s or psychologist s note attesting to appropriate clinical treatment to change the gender on a driver s license Illinois agreed in 2009 to develop new standards for how much surgery is required before a person is eligible to switch the gender of a birth certificate And the US State Department announced last year that transgender travelers no longer will need surgery just a doctor s certification of appropriate treatment to declare a new gender on a passport AP March 22 MORE ON THESE TOPICS transgender Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/nyc_transgenders_sue_to_change_birth_certificates/9459 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Workshop on uterus transplants to be held in Sweden
    transplants have taken place in humans no live births have yet happened There are some serious ethical issues involved There is a substantial risk for a live donor more than for the recipient The children would have to be conceived at least initially by IVF The mother would have to take immune suppressant drugs as long as she has the womb There are weighty psychological and cultural issues to be negotiated See the video for a discussion of this fascinating new technology MORE ON THESE TOPICS Sweden uterus transplant This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed MOST READ Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study Should we get rid of race in

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/workshop_on_uterus_transplants_to_be_held_in_sweden/10801 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: First pregnancy from womb transplant announced
    had been successful Mrs Sert s ovaries are functioning and she was able to produce eggs which were fertilised with her husband s sperm One in 5 000 women is born without a uterus Unfortunately however this procedure is not a cure Mrs Sert still faces the risk of miscarriage and other complications If the pregnancy goes to term the birth will be via C section At some stage the uterus will be removed to avoid complications and the possibility of rejection There is a risk that the drugs which the woman needs so that her immune system will not reject the donor womb could cause birth defects MORE ON THESE TOPICS Turkey uterus transplant This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please enable JavaScript to view the comments powered by Disqus comments powered by Disqus Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/first_pregnancy_from_womb_transplant_announced/10480 (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: the latest news and articles about bioethics
    the first woman ever to receive a uterus from a deceased donor is two weeks pregnant with an IVF baby Turkey s IVF sperm scandal 20 November 2010 Comments tags IVF Turkey Even in Turkey there have been problems with IVF treatment Search BioEdge Subscribe to BioEdge newsletter Subscribe to BioEdge RSS feed Recent Posts Dutch psychiatric patients may get euthanasia too easily says US study 14 Feb 2016 A

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/tag/Turkey (2016-02-18)
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  • BioEdge: Swedes succeed in first womb transplant
    recipient s mother but also other family members and close friends The transplanted uterus was removed in two cases in one case due to a serious infection and in the other due to blood clots in the transplanted blood vessels The other women have in 2014 tried to become pregnant through a process where their own embryos produced through IVF are reintroduced to the transplanted uterus Professor Brännström hopes that the remaining six women will also have successful pregnancies The successful delivery is considered a major step forward It gives us scientific evidence that the concept of uterus transplantation can be used to treat uterine factor infertility which up to now has remained the last untreatable form of female infertility It also shows that transplants with a live donor are possible including if the donor is past menopause says Brännström Richard Smith a gynaecological surgeon at Queen Charlotte s Hospital in London has already applied to perform the procedure on five women He says that he has a waiting list of 60 women As Dr Amel Alghrani a law lecturer at the University of Liverpool points out in BioNews success could open up some ethical issues What will happen when a male to female transgendered person asks for a womb transplant Once this occurs by default will we have discovered the science to achieve male pregnancy and the prospect of unisex gestation she asks MORE ON THESE TOPICS Sweden womb transplant This article is published by Michael Cook and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/swedes_succeed_in_first_womb_transplant/11181 (2016-02-18)
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  • Woman gives birth after womb transplant
    being rejected The womb has to be removed after birth due to the danger posed by long term use of the powerful suppression medication Prof Mats Brannstrom who led the transplant team described the birth in Sweden as a joyous moment That was a fantastic happiness for me and the whole team but it was an unreal sensation also because we really could not believe we had reached this moment In an anonymous interview with the AP news agency the boy s father said It was a pretty tough journey over the years but we now have the most amazing baby The woman is one of seven women who have undergone successful womb transplants The other six women are all now more than 28 weeks pregnant MORE ON THESE TOPICS infertility womb transplant This article is published by Xavier Symons and BioEdge under a Creative Commons licence You may republish it or translate it free of charge with attribution for non commercial purposes following these guidelines If you teach at a university we ask that your department make a donation Commercial media must contact us for permission and fees Some articles on this site are published under different terms Please

    Original URL path: http://www.bioedge.org/bioethics/has_science_conquered_infertility/11166 (2016-02-18)
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