Does anyone know of any good teshuvas or sefers giving an overview of the halacha of in-vitro fertilization IVF? (Feel free to also give overviews in your answers, but I'd appreciate links to the relevant opinions)

I'm looking for a sefer that would preferably address the circumstances under which one might use IVF, rules for IVF and passing parentage in halacha in cases of egg donation, rules of IVF surrogacy, permissibility of masturbation for purposes of IVF, and many other intricate halachic questions

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    I believe the Journal of Halacha and Contemporary Society had a major article on this; doubtless you can find it and see what sources it cites. Likewise, check Nishmas Avraham: see what sources he cites. (Not posting this as an answer, because I only have these secondary sources (and imprecise citations at that).)
    – msh210
    Jul 22 '14 at 5:20
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    At a shiur recently mention was made of teshuvos given by Rav Moshe Feinstein about this issue. Many references use the story of the birth of ben Sira who was fathered by the prophet Yirmiyahu by his being forced to ejaculate into a warm bath tub. While he was considered the father, he did not violate "having relations". I do not have the citations so this is only a comment and not an answer. Jul 22 '14 at 9:43

Nishmat Avraham by Rabbi Dr Avraham Avraham is a classic and is available in Hebrew and English (Artscroll).

He discusses IVF quite a few times. In Vol 3, p15 he begins by quoting R' Waldenberg (Tzitz Eliezer 15:45) who doesn't approve, and then quotes R' Nebenzahl (Asya 34), R' Ovadia Yosef (Yabia Omer 8 EH 21) and R' Eliashiv who all permit AIH.

Nishmas Avraham in Hebrew, older print

It is also worthwhile reading Fred Rosner's 'Modern Medicine and Jewish Ethics' p114-124 where he discusses this topic in much detail and discusses other ramifications including parenthood.

  • What is AIH? [15] Jul 22 '14 at 21:56
  • standard medical terminology for Artificial Insemination by Husband as opposed to AID (Artificial Insemination by Donor)
    – Zvi
    Jul 22 '14 at 21:58

For future reference, there are two more very relevant books on the topic in English. I read them both and they are excellent

  • Third Key: Jewish Guide to Fertility by Baruch and Michal Finkelstein, with haskamot (approbations) from R Yisroel Belsky, R David Cohen (Brooklyn), R Zeev Leef. Relevant sections are those on assisted reproductive technology, halachic rulings for AIH and IVF and halachic aspects of third-party reproduction. Not available on amazon but apparently here or here
  • Overcoming Infertility: A Guide For Jewish Couples by Richard Grazi which is stronger on the medical and ethical aspects but also has a section on halachic implications

The first one is the strongest in terms of halachic aspects and is highly recommended

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