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Birds, Bees and Beakers: The Ethics of Hi Tech Reproduction
Last Featured: 5/9/2000

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New reproductive technologies: artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer raise fascinating questions about individual rights to choose when and how to become a parent. As medical science provides new ways to enable infertile couples to have children, courts are increasingly being asked to sort out the conflicting rights of divorcing and surviving spouses to the eggs, sperm and embryos that remain. What`s the role of the government in regulating reproduction? Join us as we explore the contours of the right of privacy, bodily integrity and autonomy and learn more about the medical and moral concerns that these technologies raise.

Helen M. Alvare is the Director of Planning and Information for the Secretariat for Pro-Life Activities at the National Conference of Catholic Bishops/United States Catholic Conference. With a master's degree in theology from The Catholic University of America and a law degree from Cornell University, Alvare has written and spoken extensively on pro-life issues including abortion, population control and reproductive technologies. In 1994, Time magazine named her one of the top 50 leaders in America under 40.

Dr. Lee M. Silver is a Professor at Princeton University in the Department of Molecular Biology, and the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. He also has faculty appointments in the Office of Population Research and the Program in Neuroscience. After obtaining his masters degree in physics from the University of Pennsylvania and his Ph.D in biophysics from Harvard University, Dr. Silver was a research fellow at the Sloan-Kettering Institute for Cancer Research and a senior scientist at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. His book Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family,

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Remaking Eden: How Genetic Engineering and Cloning Will Transform the American Family
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