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Attitudes towards assisted reproduction and preimplantation genetic diagnosis
Date:12/17/2008

TOWARDS INFERTILITY

In order to obtain some background for attitudes towards assisted reproductive techniques, interviewees were asked what they thought would be the best option for a couple unable to have children due to problems of fertility: 1) use assisted reproduction or in vitro fertilization techniques, 2) adopt a child, or 3) accept the situation and stay childless.

In all countries, a majority chose either adoption or the use of assisted reproduction techniques, with only a small percentage most in favor of them accepting the situation.

However, we can observe highly significant differences between the countries surveyed as regards the first two options:

  • Countries where the majority would opt for assisted reproduction in a case of infertility: the Netherlands, Sweden, France, Denmark, Israel, and the Czech Republic. In Spain too, this option was supported by a relative majority

  • Countries where a relative majority prefer the adoption route: Germany, Austria, Italy, Poland, and the United States

  • Finally, in the United Kingdom and Ireland, opinions are more evenly divided between the two alternatives.

THE GOALS PURSUED CONDITION ACCEPTANCE OR OTHERWISE OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION TECHNIQUES

Citizens' attitudes to in vitro fertilization are keenly differentiated depending on the specific circumstances and the goals pursued:

  • The use of in vitro fertilization finds widespread acceptance in cases of 1) infertility and 2) the avoidance of genetically transmitted diseases (mean above 6 points on an acceptance scale from 0 to 10). The highest mean scores in this respect were observed in the Czech Republic, Sweden, France, Denmark and Israel

  • Using the same technique so a woman aged over 45 can get pregnant meets with more divided opinions, though with rejection predominating in most societies. Mean values stood below the midpoint on the scale in all countr
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Contact: Javier Fernandez
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