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Ravitsky Discusses Ethics of Artificial Wombs on NPR’s “All Things Considered”

Scientists around the world are testing artificial wombs. “I am absolutely pro that technology because I think it has great potential to save babies,” said Hastings Center President Vardit Ravitsky in an interview on NPR’s “All Things Considered” on April 10.

Current research on artificial wombs involves animals, but the U.S. Food and Drug Administration convened a workshop last fall to decide what evidence would be needed before testing artificial wombs with premature human babies. Ravitsky discussed ethical and legal questions raised by artificial wombs, including the implications for a pregnant person’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy and the sci-fi prospect of one day using artificial wombs to gestate an entire pregnancy, rendering human wombs obsolete. Listen to the interview.