Oncofertility pp 307-317 | Cite as

Jewish Perspectives on Oncofertility: The Complexities of Tradition

  • Laurie Zoloth
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


I begin this reflection on Jewish bioethical response to the dilemmas within oncofertility with a familiar caveat: there is no one particular authority on Jewish ethics, nor even on the legal, or halachic norms that govern Jewish community practice. Jewish bioethics has historically been an account of optimism about research, as a project of repair in a broken or unfinished world [1]. While Freedman has raised some cautionary caveats about the need for full consent and safety [2] and while others have raised some questions of justice (including this author), the main thrust of Jewish responses to both artificial reproduction and to new technology in treating cancer has been to celebrate the advances as a part of the general goal of human development, creativity, and capacity.


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This research was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Bioethics, Science and SocietyNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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