Topic in Focus
Egg donation, embryo donation, surrogacy – many things are possible in reproductive medicine today. In Germany, however, several of the new procedures are prohibited by the Embryo Protection Act, while others are not legally regulated. Experts say that the law, which dates back to 1990, no longer does justice to medical and social developments due to its purely penal nature. A debate on legal, medical, ethical and psychosocial aspects is long overdue.
In the summer of 2019, the Leopoldina will publish a statement on the subject in cooperation with the Union of the German Academies of Sciences and Humanities.