AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

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AMA Journal of Ethics®

Illuminating the art of medicine

Virtual Mentor. September 2007, Volume 9, Number 9: 630-634.

Ethics Poll

Accountability of Pregnant Women and Gamete Donors to Offspring

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

It has been shown that giving antiretrovirals along with a detailed treatment plan to pregnant women with HIV/AIDS reduces the rate of transmission to their infants to about 2.5 percent. Given this information, many people believe that HIV testing should be mandatory in pregnant women who present for prenatal care. Do you think women should:
People should be allowed to donate gametes (sperm or eggs) anonymously, that is, with the proviso that identifying, non-health related information (known to the gamete "banking" facility) will not be revealed to the offspring.
New mothers should be liable for civil action (e.g., neglect, endangerment) on behalf of their impaired newborn if the impairment can be decisively attributed to their (fill in the blank) while pregnant. (Choose all that apply)
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