Blurring the line between life and death: a review of the psychological and ethical concerns related to posthumous-assisted reproduction

Angela K. Lawson*, Julianne E. Zweifel, Susan C. Klock

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Abstract

Posthumous-assisted reproduction (PAR), though viewed unfavourably by some, is desirable to many individuals whose partners die prior to the completion of family building. PAR is technically feasible for males and females both pre- and post-mortem and these procedures have previously been completed on numerous occasions. However, such treatment is associated with three primary ethical concerns: autonomy; beneficence; and justice for the living, the deceased, and the soon-to-be conceived. Further, there are many psychological risks of PAR which may affect all involved parties. As such, early psychological counselling of patients and surviving family members is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalEuropean Journal of Contraception and Reproductive Health Care
Volume21
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2 2016

Keywords

  • Counselling
  • ethics
  • posthumous reproduction
  • psychological

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Reproductive Medicine
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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