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November 14, 1990

In Vitro Fertilization: Building Policy From Laboratories to Legislatures

Author Affiliations

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

American Medical Association Chicago, Ill

JAMA. 1990;264(18):2451-2452. doi:10.1001/jama.1990.03450180117045

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As we enter the third decade of in vitro fertilization (IVF) (p 5), public events continually reinforce the need of society to establish ethical and legal guidelines for its use. A few years ago, the Rios couple died in a plane crash, leaving uncertain the appropriate disposition of their frozen preembryos. Currently, the Davis court case in Tennessee reflects a lack of consensus on the status of a preembryo or the appropriate disposition of frozen preembryos when the couple who created them can no longer agree on their use.

In her carefully researched book, Andrea Bonnicksen identifies in a comprehensive way the policy choices that confront society in its use of IVF. She points out the need to determine the nature of the right to conceive, to balance the regulatory roles of government and the medical profession, and to ensure that we are not driven in our use of IVF