Child-rearing ability and the provision of fertility services: an Ethics Committee opinion

Ethical considerations surrounding the provision of fertility services when there is concern regarding childrearing ability are discussed.

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Volume 108, Issue 6, Pages 944–947


Ethics Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 


Fertility programs may withhold services from prospective patients on the basis of well-grounded reasons that those patients will be unable to provide minimally adequate or safe care for offspring. This document was reviewed and updated; this version replaces the previous version of this document, last published July 2013 (Fertil Steril 2013;100:50-53).

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Fertility and Sterility

Editorial Office, American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Fertility and Sterility® is an international journal for obstetricians, gynecologists, reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, basic scientists and others who treat and investigate problems of infertility and human reproductive disorders.