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Uterus transplants and the insufficient value of gestation

McTernan, E; (2018) Uterus transplants and the insufficient value of gestation. Bioethics , 32 (8) pp. 481-488. 10.1111/bioe.12523. Green open access

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Abstract

Uterus transplants provide another treatment for infertility. Some might think that we should embrace such transplants as one more way to assist people to have children. However, in this paper I argue that uterus transplants are not something that we ought to fund, nor something that we should make easy to access. First, I argue that any justification of providing uterus transplants must be based on the value of the experience of gestation, rather than on claims of meeting medical need or promoting normal functioning. Second, I demonstrate that such a justification has limited prospects of success. The value of experiencing gestation is unlikely to be sufficient to justify state funding of uterus transplants and, further, we have reason to refrain from enabling such transplants.

Type: Article
Title: Uterus transplants and the insufficient value of gestation
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/bioe.12523
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1111/bioe.12523
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: assisted reproductive technologies, fertility treatment, pregnancy, uterus transplantation
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10055092
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