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NATIONAL PROGRAM FOR IN VITRO FERTILIZATION AND EMBRYO TRANSFER IN ROMANIA: ETHICAL, LEGAL, AND SOCIAL CHALLENGES

Gabriela Simionescu, Bogdan Doroftei, Sorana Caterina Anton, Emil Anton, Delia Nicolaiciuc, Maria Bolota, Iulia Diaconu and Dumitru Filipeanu
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Gabriela Simionescu: University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa Iasi, Romania, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Bogdan Doroftei: University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa Iasi, Romania, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Sorana Caterina Anton: University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa Iasi, Romania, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Emil Anton: University of Medicine and Pharmacy Gr. T. Popa Iasi, Romania, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Delia Nicolaiciuc: Cuza Voda Clinic Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Iasi, Romania
Maria Bolota: Cuza Voda Clinic Hospital of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Iasi, Romania
Iulia Diaconu: Recuperare Clinic Hospital, Iasi, Romania
Dumitru Filipeanu: Technical Universiity Gh. Asachi, , Iasi, Romania

SEA - Practical Application of Science, 2017, issue 13, 161-164

Abstract: This review summarizes aspects regarding the national program for in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer in Romania, emphasizing on the ethical, legal and social challenges associated with assisted reproduction technologies. Romania is one of the few countries from the European Union that does not have a specific law for human assisted reproduction, but infertile couples in Romania may benefit from the national program for in vitro fertilization and embryo transfer although, unfortunately, the allocated public funds are not in line with the demand. There are a series of inclusion criteria when applying for the program and unlike other countries, only one in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure may be publicly funded. Despite the legal, ethical and social challenges, this program, however, represents an extremely important step in aligning our country with the standards of other developed countries.

Keywords: In vitro fertilization; Embryo; Ethical issues; Assisted reproduction technologies; Human assisted reproduction; National IVF and embryo transfer program (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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