Over the past five decades, sweeping changes have occurred in the realm of childbirth. Thanks to medically assisted procreation, child- birth as an event has come to be characterized by the interweaving of biological as well as social elements. Research has been forging ahead, the first uterus transplant has been carried out and the experimental cloning of apes has taken place in China. All such innovations entail a wide array of ethical and medical issues, involving different parties in the process of generating new life: parents, children and gamete donors.
Keywords: Ethics; Gamete donation; Heterologous fertilization; Medically assisted reproduction.