Author’s Night—”Designing Babies: How Technology Is Changing the Ways We Create Children”
Where: The New York Academy of Medicine
1216 Fifth Ave.
212-822-7200 Price: Free, advance registration required
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Since the first “test tube baby” was born over 40 years ago, In Vitro Fertilization and other Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) have advanced in extraordinary ways, producing millions of babies. The possibilities of this rapidly developing technology are astounding–especially in the United States. As these possibilities are increasingly realized, physicians in many specialties, from OB/GYN and pediatrics to genetics, internal medicine and psychiatry, along with potential parents and policymakers, face complex and critical questions about the use–or possible misuse–of ARTs. Designing Babies: How Technology is Changing the Ways We Create Children confronts these questions, examining the medical, ethical, social, and policy concerns surrounding reproductive technologies. Based on in-depth interviews with providers and patients, Robert Klitzman explores how physicians and patients are facing quandaries of whether, when, and how to use ARTs. He articulates the full range of these crucial issues, from the economic pressures patients face to the moral and social challenges encountered in making decisionsBuy tickets/get more info now