As the pro-choice argument goes, a woman should have the right to decide what happens within her own body. If she becomes pregnant but isn’t ready to be or doesn’t want to be, it’s up to her to decide what to do with the baby growing inside her. After all, it’s her body.
But what if the baby is not inside of her? What if the baby is still an embryo, frozen in an IVF clinic, waiting to be implanted in her uterus? Does a woman’s right to choose then trump the father whose sperm makes up the other half of its existence?
Or to add another player to the mix, what about a surrogate carrying a baby? What about her body, her choice, her rights when things don’t go as planned?
These ethical issues are not mere hypotheticals, as situations involving assisted reproduction make headlines often. A few recent high-profile cases are raising new questions about parenthood and life created in a lab.
There’s actress and former View co-host Sherri Shepherd, who conceived a child with her husband’s sperm and a donor’s egg, carried in a surrogate’s womb. When Shepherd’s marriage ended mid-pregnancy, she wanted nothing to do with the child, which was hers though she had no biological links to it. A legal and ethical battle ensued over who’d raise the boy and who’d be responsible for child support, involving all four adults and spanning across several states.
Even more recently, Nick Loeb, ex-fiancé of Modern Family’s Sofía Vergara, wrote an op-ed in The New York Times arguing that the embryos the pair created through in-vitro fertilization during their relationship have a right to live. Loeb and his famous ex had agreed that their embryos ...1
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