Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

, Volume 12, Issue 8, pp 484–490

Ethics, informed consent, and assisted reproduction

  • Ruth Macklin
Medical Ethics


Informed consent to treatment is an ethical requirement often misunderstood or not fully appreciated by physicians. The purpose of obtaining informed consent is to ensure that patients know what doctors propose to do and freely grant their permission. Although the purpose of informed consent and the standards by which it is to be employed are the same in all areas of medical practice, special problems arise in assisted reproduction. Voluntary, informed consent is an instance of a reproductive right that should be recognized by the international medical community, and not limited to Western and European countries.

Key words

informed consent autonomy reproductive rights IVF egg donation cryopreservation 


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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ruth Macklin
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  1. 1.Department of Epidemiology and Social MedicineAlbert Einstein College of MedicineBronx

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