Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions
 

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1986

Abstract

This article will study and evaluate the efforts of the state and the federal government to approach the problem of procreational autonomy and to resolve the perimeters of its recognition and application. In order to posit a framework for principled decision making, an analysis of the Australian and British efforts to deal with this problem, respectively, through their Waller and Warnock Commissions, will be undertaken together with a consideration of the famous case of Melbourne's "orphan" Rios embryos where, for the very first time, the issue of excess fertilized embryos was presented.

The thesis to be postulated here is simple: namely, work with human in vitro fertilization must, under appropriate safeguards, continue. Obviously, a critical analysis-but by no means an exegesis- of the central ethical and constitutional issues involved here must precede this.

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