Saturday, June 28, 2008

14 - The Hard Ethical Questions (June 18th, 2008)

Some of the paperwork we were required to sign had to do with the actual ivf procedures; other parts of the paperwork had to deal with the hard ethical questions. A friend of ours gave us a heads up about these decisions, and I was SO grateful that we had an opportunity to discuss them in advance. Here are the big ones:

-There is a chance (higher the chance the younger you are) that you will have left over embryos after the procedure. Do you want to freeze them for possible future use? (This will cost around $1000 a year for up to 5 years).

-If you eventually decide not to use all the frozen embryos (or fresh embryos if you decide not to freeze them), what do you want to do with them - donate them to someone, donate them to research, or discard them?

-Who has the right to use the embryos if the other person involved dies or, in the case of a married couple, you get a divorce?

-Do you want genetic testing prior to the procedure to see if your baby would be at risk for a variety of genetic diseases?

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