Assisted Reproductive Technology: Ethical Challenges for Business and Medicine

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Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) is a modern technological tool that provides otherwise infertile individuals and couples an opportunity to conceive. As a multimillion dollar business, ART faces challenges common to other highly profitable enterprises, such as how and when to measure success. This poses ethical challenges as well, though these are unlike the ethical challenges faced by businesses which trade in consumer goods. ART makes babies. Individuals and couples seeking ART may be both vulnerable and fragile, thus ART providers must gently balance smart business practices with ethical care delivery. Applying Laura Nash's integrated approach to business ethics may offer ART providers a suitable model that combines ethically sound care with economically sound business practice. Key to Nash's approach are value creation, economic and social benefit, and relationship building. Not a short-term approach to quick business decisions, Nash's approach requires a long-term commitment as a way of doing business.

Keywords: Assisted Reproductive Technology, Infertility, Business Ethics, Laura Nash
Stream: Anthropology, Archaeology, Cultural Studies, Humanities
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Assisted Reproductive Technology

Dr. Deborah Flynn

Assistant Professor, Department of Public Health, Southern Connecticut State University
New Haven, Connecticut, USA

Deborah Flynn is Assistant Professor of Public Health at Southern Connecticut State University. Professor Flynn is a Registered Nurse and worked for more than 20 years in various capacities including intensive care, public health, research psychiatry and oncology nursing. Her doctoral dissertation, successfully defended at Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island in April 2008, examines both fiction and nonfiction narratives of self and depression, from asylums through deinstitutionalization to the present focus on neuropsychiatry. Her research interests include interdisciplinary, qualitative inquiries into women’s health, mental illness, homelessness and incarceration.

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