The Ethics of Fertility Treatments

Fertility Treatments Ethics

While we have not been trying to get pregnant for too long (7 months), I am most afraid that my husband or I may be infertile. Any young couples worst nightmare.

Now I have been doing a lot of research on infertility, fertility treatment methods, as well as some alternative - ‘holistic approaches’. Yet, it seems there are some ethical standards of fertility that I never knew about, mainly because I never had any interest in the subject until now.

Anymore in today’s society, it seems that when people think about fertility treatments they think of the ‘Octomom’ and that is not me. I am married, employed, and I have no other children - and I have wanted just one child to call my own.

The criticism among society, and the people around me I am not worried about - but it is that of my church that is weighing in on my dreams of having a child.

The ethics of fertility varies among religion and church - whether you are Mennonite, Roman Catholic, Judaism, Hindu, or Muslim - all have their own views on fertility treatments.

I am Roman Catholic, a religion that does not allow the substitution of artificial fertilization. In the words of the church - “It is intrinsically immoral because it does not respect the dignity and sacredness of the conjugal act nor the rights and dignity of the embryos conceived.” In the eyes of my religion, the only choice my husband and I have is hormonal treatments and surgery. As I feel some type of relief knowing I have an option…then I start to wonder - “what if that doesn’t work?”

I am faced with my own ethical debate - do I sit with the beliefs of my church and live a life without a child of mine own -or- do I choice In vitro and face the wrath of God?

All-female Team Builds New Fertility Portal

Who hasn’t dreamed about starting their own business? You conceive a great idea, start mapping out a strategy and then ultimately real life gets in the way: work, families and busy schedules compete for your attention. So what does it take to execute those first crucial steps and turn an idea into a viable business model?

A media veteran and entrepreneur has turned her latest vision into another successful reality. Last month she and her all-female team launched the web portal that’s been tagged “your most trusted source for everything fertility.” Starting a business is no small task, and in the current economic environment, some would even say it’s crazy. But reproductive medicine is a $3 billion industry and they see an opportunity to be profitable and make a difference in people’s lives.

This isn’t about an infertility patient launching a website to share her feelings about her diagnosis. The portal boasts the most reliable (fertility information) content on the web, written by seasoned healthcare journalists and vetted by accredited Reproductive Endocrinologists (REs) as well as a library of patient video testimonials and a growing network of bloggers, columnists and message boards. Physicians’ white papers will provide patients with advanced professional research, and the first proprietary database of doctors, fertility clinics and other specialists will connect users with the people they need to know. The company has a business model to monetize their strategy, is endorsed by a celebrity spokesperson, and they are selling advertising and setting up affiliate marketing relationships.

What’s even more impressive than the experience, drive and Ivy League MBAs that give credence to these founding women is the fact that many of them are or have been infertility patients themselves. They have a passion for the project, they know their target audience, and understand that there is a need for one, comprehensive source of fertility information. In keeping with the theme, the team is building the business through a virtual office allowing flexibility for its employees to work while managing their families and their fertility treatments.

As founder and CEO, she grew the company and its titles to great heights. And while she recognizes that some might see the current economic climate as an obstacle, she and the women behind the portal have faced obstacles before. With their new web portal they’re more than willing to face the challenge head on.

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