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Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Ethics and Policy Studies

First Committee Member

Jerry Simich

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The use of high-tech reproductive technologies to have children is widely practiced today in the United States. While state statutes regulate this industry to some extent, this field is largely self-governed, and disputes between individuals are usually resolved through the courts; In my thesis, I examine the inadequacy of public policy formation in the three more controversial areas of assisted reproduction: artificial insemination, in vitro fertilization, and surrogate motherhood. Policy-making is mostly done indirectly and haphazardly through the courts and some state and federal legislation. There has been no organized national dialogue; I recommend that moral consensus be sought on this issue through the formation of a national commission to study the current practice of assisted reproduction and to make recommendations for regulation, legislation, or further studies. The goal is to help build consensus on this important issue.


Assisted; Best; Child; Deciding; Family Reproduction Society

Controlled Subject

Health education; Philosophy; Public health

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University of Nevada, Las Vegas




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