Many experts predict human cloning will occur within the first decade of the
21st century (a technique similar to the one used to create the cloned sheep
Dolly already is being used in advanced reproductive medicine). Eminent
bioethicist Leon R. Kass outlines why he believes cloning differs in essential
and important ways from other advanced human reproductive techniques.
This 1991 article summarizes why the Catholic Church opposes artificial insemination
and in vitro fertilization--both of which are widely used techniques for
couples with infertility problems.
For over two decades this non-profit association has offered support and
information for people dealing with infertility. Collected on this site are
publications and fact sheets, referrals on physicians and clinics and local
support groups. It also offers links to alternative sources including adoption
You can select your very own sperm donor profile at this California sperm
bank's site (go to "Donor Power Search"). The site also offers information on
the clinic's services including donor match, genetic counseling and, a history
of semen banks.
This organization for medical professionals offers information for infertility
patients on current clinical trials, state insurance laws and publications on
An interesting site produced by Minnesota Public Radio--it is a
companion to their 1997 radio series--which looks at infertility through various
perspectives: from the history of infertility in the U.S., to a picture tour
of a high tech lab, to issues of insurance for treatments, nontraditional
families seeking help, and HIV patients.
This report details the success/failure rates at U.S. fertility clinics and
also presents other statistics on a variety of ART procedures. The report is
the only one of its kind and it's prepared by the National Center for Chronic
Disease Prevention and Health Promotion at the Center for Disease Control.
For those who are considering using surrogacy or egg donation, this site contains
information as well as online support groups, message boards and articles.