I would have given anything to have a baby. But what does IVF really cost?

The Guardian, 30 November 2016
Author: Jessica Hepburn
“Reproductive science is big business but seems to be avoiding the ethical microscope. A study by Oxford University’s Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine into 27 such treatments has found that 26 have no good scientific proof of success. Some may even cause you harm. Professor Carl Heneghan, who oversaw the study, said it was one of the worst examples of healthcare practice he had ever seen in this country.”
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IVF clinics caught making false and misleading claims about success rates

SMH, 14 November 2016
Author: Julia Medew
“Some of Australia’s leading IVF clinics have been caught advertising false or misleading information about their success rates in what the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has described as a “race to the bottom” targeting vulnerable people.”
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Buying and selling human eggs: infertility providers’ ethical and other concerns regarding egg donor agencies

BMC Medical Ethics 2016 17:71
Author: Robert Klitzman
“Egg donor agencies are increasingly being used as part of IVF in the US, but are essentially unregulated, posing critical ethical and policy questions concerning how providers view and use them, and what the implications might be.”
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Why Aren’t More U.S. Doctors Providing The ‘Abortion Pill’ To Their Patients?

Forbes, 4 November 2016
Author: Rita Rubin
“When the Food and Drug Administration approved Mifeprex 16 years ago, advocates assumed that the so-called abortion pill would improve U.S. women’s access to pregnancy termination.”
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‘Social’ egg freezing and the UK’s statutory storage time limits

J Med Ethics 2016; 42: 738-741
Author: Emily Jackson
“This article argues that the statutory time limits upon the storage of gametes have unintended and perhaps even perverse consequences for women freezing their eggs as insurance against age-related fertility decline. They work against good clinical practice and potentially represent an interference with a woman’s right to respect for her family life, which is neither necessary nor proportionate. My claim will be that the statutory time limit, and the options for extension, are no longer fit for purpose.”
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Failed surrogate conceptions: social and ethical aspects of preconception disruptions during commercial surrogacy in India

Philosophy, Ethics, and Humanities in Medicine 2016 11:9
Authors: Sayani Mitra, Silke Schicktanz
“During a commercial surrogacy arrangement, the event of embryo transfer can be seen as the formal starting point of the arrangement. However, it is common for surrogates to undergo a failed attempt at pregnancy conception or missed conception after an embryo transfer. This paper attempts to argue that such failed attempts can be understood as a loss. It aims to reconstruct the experiences of loss and grief of the surrogates and the intended parents as a consequence of their collective failure to conceive a surrogate pregnancy.”
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New birth injuries compensation scheme announced

BBC, 17 October 2016
Source: BBC
“Parents in England whose children are injured at birth may benefit from a new government compensation scheme. The voluntary scheme is intended to settle complaints more quickly and allow medical staff to speak openly about maternity care failings and learn from mistakes.”
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The Misleading Promise of I.V.F. for Women Over 40

NYT, 17 October 2016
Author: Jane E Brody
“What the industry didn’t say is that the success rate for older women is consistently low,’ she said. ‘It focused on the 20 percent of women who succeed, not the 80 percent failure rate. The industry avoided saying that the technology hasn’t worked for an estimated 20 million women globally during the last 40 years.”
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AMAQ raises concerns over midwife-led births

SMH, 12 October 2016
Source: AAP
“Queensland’s peak medical body fears the “sidelining” of obstetricians in favour of midwives is jeopardising patient safety in the state’s public hospitals. The Australian Medical Association Queensland says over time, Queensland has moved to a trend of midwife-only care during pregnancy and birth despite research pointing to adverse outcomes.”
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