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Articles

In What Sense Equal?

Fall 2004 - Winter 2005Amy Laura Hall on the three meanings of human equality

The Crisis of Everyday Life

Fall 2004 - Winter 2005Yuval Levin

Human Frailty and Human Dignity

Fall 2004 - Winter 2005Leon R. Kass

The Tragedy of Equality

Fall 2004 - Winter 2005Eric Cohen on the uses of reason, the absurdity of disease, and the quest for justice

Acorns and Embryos

Fall 2004 - Winter 2005Robert P. George and Patrick Lee on moral standing and bad metaphors

Gene Editing: New Technology, Old Moral Questions

Winter 2016Brendan P. Foht on using CRISPR to help patients and design our descendants

Regarding Life at the Beginning

Summer/Fall 2014

Gilbert Meilaender on a perceptive new book about abortion and our encounter with the unborn

Embryos in Limbo

Spring 2009Jacqueline Pfeffer Merrill on IVF and indecision about nascent life

The First Fourteen Days of Human Life

Summer 2006Patrick Lee and Robert P. George on the biology of the early embryo

 

Blog Posts

The Embryo Dilemma

October 6, 2008

Los Angeles Times health reporter Shari Roan has a terrific series on “the politics of embryos.” (Bonus: One piece quotes The New Atlantis’s own Yuval Levin.) 

Six years of frustration and heartbreak. That’s how Gina Rathan recalls her attempts to become pregnant.

Finally, she and her husband, Cheddi, conceived a daughter, now 3, through in vitro fertilization. About a year later, she became pregnant with a second child, naturally. Their family was complete.

Then, a year ago, the Fountain Valley couple received a bill reminding them that their infertility journey wasn’t quite over. They owed $750 to preserve three frozen embryos they’d created but hadn’t used....

Finally, the couple paid for three more years of cryopreservation.

“I think about the embryos every day,” Rathan says. “I am their mother. I see them as my own children. They are the DNA from my husband and I. It’s something I worry about, especially when the three years is over and I have to make a decision again.” 

ALSO IN THE LAT: How easy is it to donate embryos to research? Or for adoption? Embryo legislation, state by state.

ART in the News

IVF is not so easy, fertility coaching, and more

July 2, 2008

ART in the News: Weekend Round-Up Edition

"Frankenstein Science," Quadruplets, A Gene for Infertility, and More

May 27, 2008

ART in the News: International Edition

Infertility Awareness Week, the HFEA, and more

May 21, 2008