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Open Access Original Research

Social aspects of the new assisted reproduction technologies: Attitudes of Israeli gynecologists

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1 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Rabin medical center, Beilinson Campus, Petah-Tikva (Israel)
2 General Health Services (Sherutei Bri'ut Clalit), Dan-Petah-Tikva district (Israel)
3 Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University, Tel-Aviv (Israel)
4 LL.B, LL.M., Doctorate student at the Faculty of Law, Universite Pierre Mendes-France, Grenoble II (France)
Clin. Exp. Obstet. Gynecol. 2004, 31(4), 285–286;
Published: 10 December 2004

Aim: To evaluate attitudes of gynecologists as to the social aspects of assisted reproduction technologies. Methods: The survey was sent electronically to 600 gynecologists covering their opinions on impact of reproductive technolo­gies, the role of gynecologists in reshaping social reality, their definition of family, concern for the unborn child, accessibility to the new technologies, and potential partners in the decision-making process. Results: One hundred fifty-five gynecologists completed the questionnaire. The majority agreed that the new reproduction tech­nologies have major social consequences (90.3%); that gynecologists, by putting these technologies to use, play a major role in changing social reality; and that the interests of the unborn child should be taken into consideration (84.5%). More than half included single parents and same-sex couples in the definition of a “family” and believed that fertility treatments should be available to every­one. As to sharing responsibility, 65.2% (n = 101) felt the gynecologist should not be the sole decision-maker regarding the neces­sity of treatment; among them, 49.7% preferred that social workers or psychologists be involved - rather than jurists. Conclusions: The gynecologists in the present survey seemed to be well aware of the importance of the social revolution initiated by the development of assisted reproduction technologies. While they accepted a broader definition of the family, they have not lost sight of the rights of the unborn child and as such, the need for related professionals to take a greater part in the decision­making process. These findings have important implications for educational programs in the health care professions and for future legislation regarding public accessibility to these procedures.

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