The Use of In Vitro Fertilization: Is There a Right to Bear or Beget a Child by any Available Medical Means?
The prodigious advancements of biomedical science in human reproduction have brought both blessing and cursing in recent years. Many join with childless couples and hail the opportunity to bear a child, while others fearfully contemplate the moral and ethical consequences that accompany the birth of that child. In view of those consequences, laws limiting access to the new methods of reproduction are bound to be drawn and couples are bound to challenge them as unconstitutionally limiting their right to privacy. This comment examines the arguments of both sides in determining whether the right of privacy protects the use of the new methods from government regulation. It presents the constitutional grounds for such arguments and considers the various factual situations that may confront a court deciding the issue. It ends with an evaluation of interests that might justify regulation even if the use of the methods is protected.
Matthew R. Eccles
The Use of In Vitro Fertilization: Is There a Right to Bear or Beget a Child by any Available Medical Means?,
12 Pepp. L. Rev.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.pepperdine.edu/plr/vol12/iss4/6