Assisted reproduction developments in the Islamic world

Int J Gynaecol Obstet. 2001 Aug;74(2):187-93. doi: 10.1016/s0020-7292(01)00425-8.


A November 2000 workshop organized by the International Islamic Center for Population Studies and Research, Al-Azhar University, Cairo, considered use of assisted reproduction technologies (ART) in the Islamic world. The workshop reinforced a 1997 recommendation that a Standing Committee for Shari'a Medical Ethics be constituted to monitor and assess developments in ART practice. Among issues the workshop addressed were equitable access to services for infertile couples of modest means, and regulation of standards of equipment and personnel that ART centers should satisfy to gain approval to offer services. Acceptable uses of preimplantation genetic diagnosis were proposed, and follicular maturation research in animals, including in vitro maturation and in vitro growth of oocytes, was encouraged, leading to human applications. Embryo implantation following a husband's death, induced postmenopausal pregnancy, uterine transplantation and gene therapy were addressed and human reproductive cloning condemned, but cloning human embryos for stem cell research was considered acceptable.

MeSH terms

  • Animals
  • Ethics, Medical
  • Female
  • Genetic Therapy
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Humans
  • Islam*
  • Male
  • Pregnancy
  • Religion and Medicine
  • Reproductive Techniques*