Access to fertility treatment by gays lesbians and unmarried persons a committee opinion

Capsule:
This statement explores the implications of reproduction by single individuals, unmarried heterosexual couples, and gay and lesbian couples.

Author:
Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Volume 100, Issue 6, Pages 1524-1527, December 2013

Abstract:

This statement explores the implications of reproduction by single individuals, unmarried heterosexual couples, and gay and lesbian couples, and concludes that ethical arguments supporting denial of access to fertility services on the basis of marital status or sexual orientation cannot be justified. This document replaces the previous version of this document, published in November 2006 (Fertil Steril 2009;92:1190–3).

  • Excellent non discriminatory ASRM position statement about who can receive ART.

    As physicians, we practice our craft to provide needed services to our customers. It is not our position to judge whether someone is going to be a fit parent or not regardless of sex, marital status, or sexual orientation.

    Given the prevalence of divorce and dysfunction within many “traditional family units” it is difficult to support that a traditional family unit will always be the best environment to raise a child.

    Regardless of gender or sexual orientation, loving, dedicated, and motivated parents should be given the chance to raise children of their own.

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