Outside the Womb
Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction
Nearly every infertile couple will consider assisted reproduction at some point. Yet the veritable alphabet soup of complex and often expensive options can be bewildering–as can be the advice, generally unsought, that a couple hears from loved ones and well-meaning counselors. What couples really need is information. In Outside the Womb, medical ethicist Scott B. Rae and physician D. Joy Riley explain each of today’s commonly used reproductive technologies. Drawing on the rich Christian tradition of reflection on family and reproduction, they explore potential ethical issues involved in each procedure. The authors don’t rule out options; instead they equip readers to make their own wise and informed choices. Calm, compassionate, and knowledgeable, Rae and Riley have provided the kind of guidebook that every infertile couple needs as they consider what is best for them–and for their future family.
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by, D. Joy Riley and Scott B. Rae
Dr. Riley is executive director of The Tennessee Center for Bioethics & Culture and serves on the ethics committee of a Nashville-area hospital. Board-certified in internal medicine, her writing and lecture topics include medical ethics, organ transplantation ethics, stem cell research, genetics, end-of-life issues, and assisted reproductive technologies. With Scott B. Rae, she co-authored Outside the Womb: Moral Guidance for Assisted Reproduction, and with C. Ben Mitchell, Christian Bioethics.
Scott Rae’s primary interests are medical ethics and business ethics, dealing with the application of Christian ethics to medicine and the marketplace. He has authored 10 books in ethics including The Ethics of Commercial Surrogate Motherhood; Moral Choices: An Introduction to Ethics; Brave New Families: Biblical Ethics and Reproductive Technologies; Beyond Integrity: A Judeo-Christian Approach to Business Ethics; and Body and Soul: Human Nature and the Crisis in Ethics. His work has appeared in The Linacre Quarterly, Religion and Liberty, Journal of Markets and Morality, Southern California Journal of Law and Women’s Studies, National Catholic Bioethics Quarterly, and Ethics and Medicine. He is a consultant for ethics for four Southern California hospitals. He is a fellow of the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity and a fellow of the Wilberforce Forum.