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November 12, 1982

Human In Vitro Fertilization

JAMA. 1982;248(18):2240. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03330180014016

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To the Editor.—  Regarding the article entitled "Human In Vitro Fertilization: A Conservative View" (1982; 247:3235), I would like to challenge Dr Tiefel on several of the following points.

  • "There is some justification for deeming in vitro fertilization to be harmful to the offspring thus conceived."

    Actually, there is good reason to believe that children born as a result of in vitro fertilization have roughly the same chance of normality as those who are products of normal conception.

  • "The suspicion and guilt on the part of parents... will be unavoidable that whatever health problems develop are the result of this unique genesis."

    Parents almost always feel guilty if anything is wrong with the child. If they are religious, they sometimes feel that a defective child is a punishment from God. What evidence does Dr Tiefel have that guilt feelings will be greater after in vitro fertilization?

  • "The possibility of unknown