Ethics & Medicine: A Christian Perspective on Issues in Bioethics
Catholic movements within the centre of Roman Catholic doctrine recently have discussed Trinitarian theology as applied to sciences, arts, economics, health and other social areas. We explore the possibilities Trinitarian theology offers to bioethical debate, concentrating particularly on genetic screening and testing. It is important therefore to analyse the philosophical implications of this approach onto the bioethical world, where much disagreement occurs on fundamental issues.
OBJECTIVE: To review publications regarding possible donation of surplus embryos for medical research. DESIGN: Review of 67 scientific publications in this field up through January 2007. ORIGINALITY: Summary of factors influencing prospective donors' motivation to donate or not donate their surplus embryos for medical research.
The spectacular progress in assisted reproduction technology that has been witnessed for the past thirty years resulted in emerging new ethical dilemmas as well as the revision of some perennial ones. The paper aims at a feminist approach to oocyte and spare embryo donation for research. First, referring to different concepts of autonomy and informed consent, we discuss whether the decision to donate oocyte/embryo can truly be an autonomous choice of a female patient.