Informed Consent for Stem Cell Research in the Public Sector
Journal of the American Medical Women's Association
bioethics, stem cells, informed consent
Asking progenitors of spare embryos to donate them for use in stem cell research presents a number of complex issues, especially given the general lack of regulation of fertility medicine and the lack of public consensus on the moral status of the embryo. Particular issues include the timing of the request for donation and whether both men and women must always give consent for the use of their embryos for research. If thoughtful attention is given to these matters, there need be no ethical impediment to requesting the use of spare embryos for stem cell research.
Dena S. Davis, Informed Consent for Stem Cell Research in the Public Sector, 55 Journal of the American Medical Women's Association 270 (2000)