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Professional principles versus patient choice

Speirs, J


January 2007

Patient choice has been made a significant part of contemporary health care policy and politics. In some situations, such as Single Embryo Transfer, it appears as if patient choice has become a challenge to professional values and knowledge, with consequent ambiguity about where risk-bearing and autonomy are located. Based on data from my doctoral research about the use of personal ("own known") donors, I shall suggest that possible conflict between choice and professional principles is not a new feature of assisted reproduction and that part of the perceived challenge derives from differing cultural perspectives about what is involved in being a mother or father, that is, on what constitutes a parent.