Assisted reproductive technologies and equity of access issues.

Assisted reproductive technologies and equity of access issues.

This article analyzes the barriers to access to ART and identifies ethical concepts, such as “procreative liberty” and “autonomy” and uses them to advocate for equal access to ART for all women who want it.

Author: Peterson, M. Source: http://jme.bmj.com/ Website: http://jme.bmj.com/ Journal: Journal of Medical Ethics Journal Details: Vol: 31, pages 280 - 285 Origin Country: United Kingdom Publish Date: 2005 Publication City: London Languages: .Resource Type: , .Target Audiences: , , , . Last Modified: 2009-08-26

This article analyzes the barriers to access to ART and identifies ethical concepts, such as “procreative liberty” and “autonomy” and uses them to advocate for equal access to ART for all women who want it. The focus of the article is on the Australian context.
The author describes and challenges arguments used to exclude lesbians and older women from ART. The author argues that doctors are put in the position of acting as gatekeepers to ART services in light of the lack of legislation to address these issues. Many are basing their decisions on societal values which privilege a two-parent heterosexual family model. The author advocates for ART clinics to instead make decisions based on defensible policies regarding access to services determined by laws and ethics committees that have representatives from underserved groups.