When it comes to medical decision-making I tend to be as anti-treatment as they come (sometimes to the point of forgetting about the benefits of over the counter medication), but I also am fortunate to be a healthy woman, and one who was able to conceive naturally.
Today, in the New York Times article “Prospect of womb transplant raises hopes and red flags,” Roni Rabin reports on a study to appear in the academic journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. The article details a protocol used by doctors at New York Downtown Hospital that resulted in the harvesting of wombs from eight brain-dead human donors. While the medical team asserts that no immediate plans are in the works for a uterine transplant, the mere possibility has created a flurry in the medical community, as well as for women whose medical conditions currently preclude the possibility of bearing a child on their own.
I was both fascinated and troubled by this article. How far are we willing to go to have babies?