Gen-Tech Women: Choice & Responsibility, a talk by Carmel Shalev

On April 14, 2004 Carmel Shalev, Hadassah-Brandeis Institute Scholar-in-Residence, spoke on ethical implications of new reproductive technologies through the lense of gender and human rights. Shalev is director of the Unit for Health Rights and Ethics at the Gerter Institute for Health Policy Research based at the Sheba Medical Center, Tel Aviv University, Tel Hashomer, Israel. For a variety of historical reasons, Israel is at the forefront of new reproductive technologies

Shalev discussed the implications of new reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization (IVF), sex selection, genetic engineering, and cloning. She believes women's rights should play a greater role in determining the future of this technology, as women’s eggs are harvested, their bodies host embryos, and they raise the children. Currently, however, society emphasizes the rights of the embryo over the rights of the women involved.