Jewish Law and the Ethics of Treating Infertility

A host of issues surrounding fertility treatment and its results come into play long before any treatment or testing takes place, and continue to require halachic attention after the treatment itself concludes. Far beyond the halachic status of specific procedures, Jewish law informs decisions both in and out of the laboratory or clinic: Is seeking or providing treatment a “Jewish” thing to do? What happens to frozen embryos that wind up unused? Can we ask the doctor to make sure it's a boy? How can we address possible social stigmas of infertility?

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