Artificial wombs are coming. They could completely change the debate over abortion. image

Vox, August 23, 2017
I. Glenn Cohen (Faculty Director)


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There’s a scientific development on the horizon that could upend the abortion debate: artificial wombs.

The research remains preliminary, but in April a group of scientists at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announced amazing advances in artificial womb technologies. The authors explained how they had successfully sustained significantly premature lambs for four weeks in an artificial womb they had designed.

This enabled the lambs to develop in a way very similar to lambs that had developed in their mothers’ wombs. Indeed, the oldest lamb — more than a year old at the time the paper was published — appeared to be completely normal.

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