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Ethical, legal questions surrounding Pentagon initiative to freeze eggs, sperm

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A new Pentagon pilot program would pay for active duty members of the U.S. military to have sperm or eggs frozen. AFP/AFP/Getty Images

A new Pentagon pilot program would pay for active duty members of the U.S. military to have sperm or eggs frozen, says Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

The program is part of a larger proposal that aims to make starting a family easier for military members by doing things like lengthening paid maternity leave and letting service members stay where they’re stationed for family purposes. Still, there are some with ethical and legal questions about the program’s implications.

Guests:

Judith Daar, Professor at Whittier Law School, Clinical Professor at UCI School of Medicine and current Chair of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Ethics Committee

Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, psychiatrist and director of medical ethics at UC Irvine

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