Virtual Mentor

Virtual Mentor. October 2014, Volume 16, Number 10: 783-860.

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October 2014

Ethics and Reproductive Care

Ethics Poll

Which of the following best expresses what you think about using in vitro fertilization to select the sex of a child for the purpose of "balancing” the family, e.g., having at least one child of each sex?
I’m against it; it will lead to selecting other traits that have nothing to do with the health of the child.
People who can only be happy if they have a boy (or a girl) should not be having a baby.
It’s fine in a predominantly nonsexist society like the US because people’s preferences will balance each other out.
If the technology has proven safe and effective, there is no reason why people should not be allowed to select the sex of their child.

Physicians may and should make recommendations to pregnant woman and follow professionally accepted clinical guidelines in caring for them, but legislative and judicial bodies should not have a voice in dictating a pregnant women’s behavior or decision making.
Agree.
Disagree.
Don't know.

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From the Editor

Advancing Innovation in Reproductive Care
Rashmi Kudesia
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Educating for Professionalism

Ethics Cases

Informing Patients about Declining Fertility
Commentary by Marc M. Beuttler, Kara N. Goldman, and Jamie A. Grifo
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The Professional Responsibility Model and Patient Requests for Nonindicated Early Delivery
Commentary by Frank A. Chervenak and Laurence B. McCullough
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:793-796.

Sex Selection for Family Balancing
Commentary by Harry J. Lieman and Andrzej K. Breborowicz
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:797-802.

Podcast

Our Developing Knowledge of "Maternal Effects" Podcast
Interview with Sarah S. Richardson

The Code Says

AMA Code of Medical Ethics' Opinions on Assisted Reproductive Technology
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:803-804.

In the Literature

Seeking Causes for Race-Related Disparities in Contraceptive Use
Carolyn Payne and Nicole Fanarjian
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:805-809.

State of the Art and Science

Disclosure of Experience with Oocyte Cryopreservation
Stephanie J. Miller and Joseph B. Davis
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:810-812.

I, Robotic Surgeon
Monique A. Spillman and Robert M. Sade
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:813-817.

Law, Policy, and Society

Policy Forum

Fetal Pain Legislation
Kavita Shah Arora and Christina Salazar
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Conflicts of Interest for Physicians Treating Egg Donors
Caroline Bass and Joseph Gregorio
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:822-826.

Medicine and Society

Judicial, Legislative, and Professional Attempts to Restrict Pregnant Women's Autonomy
Ruth Macklin
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:827-834.

Second Thoughts and Correspondence

Second Thoughts

Natural Childbirth—a Global Perspective
Lauri J. Romanzi
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:835-841.

"We Can" Doesn't Mean "We Should": Aggressive Interventions to Prolong Pregnancy
Stephen T. Chasen
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:842-845.

Resources

Suggested Readings and Resources
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About the Contributors
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Virtual Mentor. 2014; 16:857-860.