Egg Freezing and Women’s Decision Making

By David Orentlicher
[Cross-posted at Health Law Profs and PrawfsBlawg.]

The announcement by Apple and Facebook that they will cover the costs of egg freezing predictably provoked some controversy—predictably because it involves reproduction and also because too many people do not trust women to make reproductive decisions.

Interestingly, the challenge to women’s autonomy can come from both sides of the political spectrum, as has happened with several assisted reproductive technologies. Scholars on the left criticized surrogate motherhood on the ground that surrogates were exploited by the couple intending to raise the child, and other new reproductive technologies are criticized on the grounds that women will feel obligated to use them rather than free to use them. Indeed, this concern about coercion drives some of the objections to egg freezing.  Continue reading

Feb 13: Peter Ubel speaking to the HMS Division of Medical Ethics

Please join the HMS Division of Medical Ethics for…

“What behavioral science has taught me about the limits of autonomy”

Peter A. Ubel, MD

Professor of Business Administration and Medicine,

Professor of Public Policy, Duke University

Wednesday, February 13, 2013 1:00 – 2:30 PM

1st Floor Conference Room 641 Huntington Avenue, Boston

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