Reproductive Medicine

Reproductive medicine is concerned with natural and assisted reproduction, its dysfunction and possible treatment methods. Under the generic term of reproductive medicine many different topics are debated which belong on the one hand to the field of assisted reproduction techniques, on the other hand to the field of diagnostics. With regard to diagnostics are discussed prenatal and preimplantation diagnostics, the various associated methods, and their individual and social effects. The public discourse focuses primarily on reproductive self-determination, the "right to a healthy child", the question of the embryo's right to life, and the problems of discrimination and selection. Assisted reproduction techniques are concerned with various methods of "fertility treatment", for example "artificial insemination" via in vitro fertilisation or intracytoplasmic sperm injection, and their effects on the physical and mental health of woman and child. Furthermore, the question arises as to what status the desire for children has and should have in society, which is linked to the debate about solidarity-based financing. Issues such as egg donation and surrogacy are also part of this cluster of topics.



Press Release 07/2018 Application of germline editing currently not ethically justifiable

The birth of two genetically modified girls claimed on Monday, 26 November 2018, by the Chinese researcher Jiankui He by means of germline editing represents a serious violation of ethical obligations according to the view of the German Ethics Council.