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. 2003 Jun;17(2):229-37.
doi: 10.1037/0893-3200.17.2.229.

A Nightmare for King Solomon: The New Reproductive Technologies


A Nightmare for King Solomon: The New Reproductive Technologies

Lita Linzer Schwartz. J Fam Psychol. .


King Solomon had only two claimants for the baby whose fate he was to decide. With the new reproductive technologies, several people may assert claims to a child whose existence would have been impossible until only recently, and a mass of legal and ethical problems have been created that could barely have been envisioned even half a century ago. It can, for example, no longer be assumed that the woman who carries and gives birth to a baby is that child's biological mother. The legal claims threaten to turn a child into a piece of property rather than a human being with rights and needs. Existing statutes and competing religious or other perspectives, moreover, are not necessarily compatible with these new scientific realities, enlarging the spectrum of problems. This article reviews recent developments in reproductive technologies and some legal, ethical, and psychological issues that may be relevant in these circumstances.

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