ESHRE Task Force on Ethics and Law 23: medically assisted reproduction in singles, lesbian and gay couples, and transsexual people†

Hum Reprod. 2014 Sep;29(9):1859-65. doi: 10.1093/humrep/deu183. Epub 2014 Jul 22.


This Task Force document discusses ethical issues arising with requests for medically assisted reproduction from people in what may be called 'non-standard' situations and relationships. The document stresses that categorically denying access to any of these groups cannot be reconciled with a human rights perspective. If there are concerns about the implications of assisted reproduction on the wellbeing of any of the persons involved, including the future child, a surrogate mother or the applicants themselves, these concerns have to be considered in the light of the available scientific evidence. When doing so it is important to avoid the use of double standards. More research is needed into the psychosocial implications of raising children in non-standard situations, especially with regard to single women, male homosexual couples and transsexual people.

Keywords: ethics; homosexual couples; medically assisted reproduction; singles; transsexual people.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Advisory Committees*
  • Europe
  • Family / psychology
  • Female
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / ethics*
  • Reproductive Techniques, Assisted / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Sexuality*
  • Societies, Medical*