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The doctor towards procreation Selected issues of the Code of Medical Ethics

14 December 2022

The power flowing from the development of medicine confronts modern man with questions that could not have arisen just a few years ago. A dilemma arises between the pursuit of knowledge, improvement, innovation and the protection of fundamental human rights. Opinions that the future shape of our civilisation is at stake in this game do not seem exaggerated. Against this background, the need for ethics in medicine is clearly evident. Most of the ethical problems in modern medicine revolve around the reproductive system because of its unique nature. It has to do with life and the source of life. It seems right to say that not everything that is possible in science should be legally and even less morally permissible. Modern biomedical technologies open up a variety of reproductive options for potential parents. Perhaps in a decade or so, the technical possibility of human reproductive cloning, ectogenesis or germinal genetic engineering will emerge, and thus the possibility of 'genetic enhancement' or 'genetic deterioration' of future offspring. Each of these new technologies will raise the question of its belonging to the sphere of human procreative freedom and the ethical and legal limits of its free use. Progress in medicine reinforces the call for ethics and, above all, for universal ethical norms, rules of conduct accessible to all and applicable to all without exception. The basis for the doctor is medical ethics. However, the starting point for the consideration of medical ethics must be general ethics. For the doctor is a human being and has a special role in relation to other human beings.

(from the introduction)

https://repozytorium.uni.wroc.pl/Content/118605/PDF/04_01_W_Kucko_W_sluzbie_spolecz enstwu_and_family.pdf