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Korean Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2007;34(2):75-85.
Published online June 1, 2007.
A Preliminary Survey of Attitude Towards IVF Surrogacy.
Joon Cheol Park, Jong In Kim, Jeong Ho Rhee
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, School of Medicine, Keimyung University, Daegu, Korea.
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to find out the attitude of Korean women towards IVF surrogacy which is not yet regulated by the law. METHODS: We evaluated with a questionnaire, in how far IVF surrogacy was accepted in different groups of Korean women. Total 300 questionnaires were sent out to women who visited our infertility clinic, and to the nurses and office workers of our hospital. Among them, 246 questionnaires were returned, and 211 of them (85.7%) were complete and analyzed. The responders were 58 unmarried women and 153 married women including 60 infertile patients. RESULT: Only 17 (8.1%) women believed that IVF surrogacy was an acceptable treatment for infertile women without uterus (eg. MRKH or hysterectomized patients), and 125 (59.2%) women chose the adoption. There were no significant differences in response amongst different age group, marital status, or in relation to income level or educational level, or infertility status. A significantly higher level of acceptance was noted only in religious groups, especially in Christians. Most of responders (66.5%) chose unrelated and unknown women as a desirable host, and 28.4% of responders chose the sister or sister-in-law. CONCLUSIONS: Overall the different groups were critical towards IVF Surrogacy in Korea, irrespective of the infertile patient group. Despite the established clinical ability to have her own genetic child in women without uterus, this survey reveals that only minority supports the IVF surrogacy. So we need the survey with large, randomized population and then make a regulation about the IVF surrogacy in law.
Key Words: Attitude; IVF-surrogacy; Surrogate mother
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