Accepted paper:

Post-menopausal woman - a right to motherhood

Author:

Amlan Ray (Spectrum Clinic & ERI)

Paper short abstract:

The assisted reproductive technologies enables postmenopausal women has raised a challenge to re-evaluate the human rights for mothering their child. The paper focuses on the decision-making process to exercise such rights with the assistance of sperm, donated ovum and ‘receptacle’ (womb).

Paper long abstract:

The conceptual framework of the assisted reproductive technologies (ART) as a viable option for infertile couple to deliver a live birth is now under the purview of ethics, raising a challenge to re-evaluate the human rights of postmenopausal women for mothering their child with the assistance of three components e.g. sperm, donated ovum and 'receptacle' (womb). ART is an instrument for caring for the emotions of infertile couple, to delete the social stigma. However, it has generated debate against the justification of using this technology along with certain 'non-medical considerations' for post menopausal woman, thus raising ethical issues. The paper focuses on the decision-making process of postmenopausal woman to exercise her rights for ensuring her 'biological progeny' and on the IVF clinic's procedure to match its interest with her demand of the specific service in understanding the nature of rights.

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Urbanization and reproductive health (IUAES Commission on Urban Anthropology)