Thursday, February 24, 2011

Right to Reproduce?

Australia -- IVF (In vitro fertilisation) is an established and widely used treatment in infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology haven't worked out.

"Down under", a 32-year-old man and his wife have recently been denied having such a treatment continued, according to

Why? Well, it appears the man - a former school aide - has been released from prison after serving time for having illicit sex with a 'cognitively impaired' teenager. The victim was reportedly a student at a school where the man taught martial arts.

Doubts have been raised whether or not the man comprehends where his moral boundaries are, or what duty he owes a child. The man has been called immature and it is said he is lacking any significant insight into his behavior.

During the trial, a psychologist recommended that specific treatment in the sex offenders program was needed in order for the defendant to develop comprehensive remorse.

Without knowing the details in this case, I have to admit it appears to me that denying IVF treatment seems the right thing to do here.

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