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Ethical issues in the provision of assisted reproduction


Harshalal R Seneviratne

Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Colombo, LK
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While the global and the Sri Lankan populations are still increasing those who require the whole range of infertility treatment is also on the rise. Ethical considerations in provision of infertility care have been a cause for concern from ancient times as to have a child, “even at any cost”, is a basic human biological need. With the availability of the higher levels of technology by way of Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) for treatment of childlessness the opportunities to manipulate biological material, modify protocols, and for commercialization are greater. The social, legal, religious and other issues within the context of ethically correct practices are presented for consideration by the care providers and policy makers. While the first steps in monitoring the provision of ART have been taken by the Sri Lanka Medical Council by publishing the “Code of Practice” the foundations for establishing a regulatory authority also have been initiated. Such an Authority would need to have the correct balance between ethically correct practices and justifiable restrictions.  


Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 2011; 33: 77-83

How to Cite: Seneviratne, H.R., 2012. Ethical issues in the provision of assisted reproduction. Sri Lanka Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, 33(3), pp.77–83. DOI:
Published on 23 Jan 2012.
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