chapter  6
28 Pages

IVF and Manipulating the Human Embryo

WithSusan Kimber

One might assume that all right-minded people agree that pursuing a ‘better’ quality of life is a worthwhile goal. The problem is they will not necessarily agree about what makes for such quality, what means can be justified in approaching it, or where the balance is to be found between the improvement of life for the individual and that for society as a whole. In this respect, the field of reproduction and fertility, like other areas of medicine, is caught in tension between those advocating the newest advances medical research can offer to promote reproductive health for all and those who counsel caution in the implementation of new and relatively untested techniques.