On Sunday, October 14, 2007, Yeshiva University’s Student Medical Ethics Society (MES) will be hosting its second annual conference, entitled Partners in Creation: Fertility, Modern Medicine and Jewish Law. Sponsored by the Fuld Family, the conference will provide participants with a broad foundation for the medical background needed to understand fertility problems, as well as the technologically advanced medical practices in use today that help families struggling with infertility. Topics covered include in-vitro fertilization, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis, sperm injection, and more. Participants will also be introduced to an overview of the fundamental ethical dilemmas surrounding fertility, as well as how the system of Halacha (Jewish law) is concerned with these complex issues.
In addition to gaining broad knowledge in medical, ethical, and Halachik issues of fertility, participants will be able to choose from a series of specialized tracks, each geared towards in-depth analysis of the most pressing issues in the field. Examples of various tracks to be offered include: surrogate motherhood, artificial insemination, Halachik infertility, paternal identity, and the emotional and psychological impact of infertility on families. The individual sessions will be guided by leading rabbis and physicians, all of whom are leading experts with ample experience in the fields of reproductive medicine and Halacha.
The conference will be will be a wonderful opportunity to explore these complex and pressing issues in some depth, and to interact with leading rabbis and physicians in this area of medical ethics. Pre-registration is required and will be open to all those who have an interest in learning more about the ethics of infertility. Students, teachers, rabbis, physicians, and laymen are welcome.
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
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