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Reproductive Medicine: Need for Regulation and Discussion

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Reproductive Medicine: Need for Regulation and Discussion

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.

More (German)   Discussion Paper (German)

Egg Donation, Embryo Donation, Surrogacy

New techniques in reproductive medicine - what speaks in favor and what against?

Artificial Insemination: Risk due to Legal Situation

Why in vitro fertilization (IVF) often leads to risky multiple pregnancies in Germany.

Excursus: Planned Pregnancy

Preventive freezing of the egg cells, clarification of possible risks with simple blood tests - how does this affect society?

Events about Reproductive Medicine

The Leopoldina hosts symposia, lectures and discussions about reproductive medicine. (German)

Publications about the topic

The Leopoldina publishes statements and discussion papers about reproductive medicine. (German)

Experts on the topic

Scientists from various fields are conducting reseach on reproductive medicine.




Dr. Stefanie Westermann

Scientific Officer, Department Science - Policy - Society

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Caroline Wichmann

Head of Department Press and Public Relations

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