The Ethical Standards of Sunni Muslim Physicians Regarding Fertility Technologies that are Religiously Forbidden

Ya’arit Bokek-Cohen, Limor Dina Gonen, Mahdi Tarabeih

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Abstract

This research project is pioneering in that it is the first to provide empirical data regarding the ethical standards of Sunni Muslim physicians toward religiously prohibited reproductive technologies, a topic which is considered taboo in Muslim society. A total of 689 Sunni Muslim physicians rated their acceptance of 14 fertility treatments. They expressed objections to assisted reproductive technologies entailing gender selection, egg, sperm and embryo donation, and surrogacy. The findings show that the Sunni Muslim medical establishment avoids fertility options that are considered in violation of Islamic law, and Sunni Muslim physicians tend to obey religious law.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2876-2904
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Religion and Health
Volume61
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2022
Externally publishedYes

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© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Keywords

  • Adoption
  • Egg donation
  • Embryo donation
  • Islam
  • Reproductive donation
  • Sperm donation
  • Sunni Muslim Physicians
  • Surrogacy

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