Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. February 2012, Volume 14, Number 2.

Ethics Poll

Reproductive Rights and Choices

The Ethics Poll is a snapshot of the opinions of interested readers.

For what reasons should parents be allowed to use preimplantation screening of embryos?
For no reason.
To avoid serious inherited diseases.
To avoid any inherited health condition, regardless of severity.
To select the sex of a child for nonhealth-related reasons.
To select desired traits, health- or nonhealth-related, for their children.

Medicare and Medicaid supply much of the funding for the training of medical residents in the U.S. These public funds should not be used to support programs that train resident physicians in abortion techniques.
Don't know.

There are currently no FDA-approved long-acting, reversible contraceptives (such as the pill or the patch) for men in the U.S. Indeed, since the introduction of the pill for contraceptive use in 1960, research has focused mainly on women’s methods of contraception. Which of the following do you think offers the best explanation for this?
The belief that men have sufficient control over conception and contraception because they have control over sexual activity.
The belief that greatest responsibility for contraception and family planning should fall to women.
The belief that men would be unlikely to use such a form of contraception.
The belief that, even if men were willing to use a long-acting, reversible contraceptive, women would not entrust the responsibility for contraception to men.