Bioethical dilemmas around in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gestational woman: towards the figure of a reproductive counselor


  • Ana Violeta Trevizo Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México


This paper studies some important dilemmas around in vitro fertilization (IVF) and gestational woman. Two predominant bioethical views are contrasted: liberal and traditional with respect to both phenomena. Qualitative analyses were carried out with respect to dominant theoretical views and the state of the art of reproductive technologies and subrogate pregnancy. As conclusion, an innovative bioethical figure in the practice of assisted reproduction is proposed: a reproductive counselor that helps in decision making during the process of artificial reproduction of the couple or single person to be an interlocutor between the users and the specialist. Furthermore, an ethical minimum for the selection of gestational women is proposed.


bioethical dilemmas, reproductive technologies, gestational women, reproductive counselor