There are three basic reasons for gender selection when conducting In Vitro Fertilization. In this video, we analyze the different methodologies involved. The Halachic and ethical ramifications of IVF and gender selection - as well as the definition of the Torah commandment to "Be fruitful and multiply" - are addressed, citing sources from the Talmud and Jewish law. In addition, we look at the applications of IVF and PGD to topics such as morality, abortion, privacy and civil rights, particularly as seen through the eyes of secular law.
This is a vintage video and is being shared here for its historical value and its content, not for the quality of its video.
This presentation took place at the International Conference on Judaism and Contemporary Medicine on May 15th 2005, at the Hilton Hotel in New York City. The video recording is courtesy of Dr. Michael-Moshe Akerman M.D. who is the director of the conference.
This presentation discusses complex medical issues. The views and opinions expressed here represent only those of each individual speaker and not that of Torah Café or the organizers of the conference. For the practical application of Torah views in individual cases please consult a Rabbi and Halachic authority who specializes in Jewish medical case law. While this presentation offers general guidelines, it should not be used or applied in individual cases due to the many varying details that are specific to each situation, as that can result in the Jewish legal decisions being different from those expressed here.