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In addition to possible complications from undergoing major surgery, women and any babies they carry face risks from powerful drugs the women must take to prevent their bodies from rejecting the transplanted uterus.

“There are many, many risks, and they concern me greatly,” says Dr. Wendy Chavkin, an emeritus professor of public health and obstetrics and gynecology at Columbia University. She notes that, unlike the transplant of a liver or heart, a uterine transplant is not a life-saving procedure.

Others worry that the procedure perpetuates social stereotypes.

“It further reinforces this idea that to be a ‘real woman’ you need to have a genetically related child that you gestate yourself,” says Lisa Campo-Engelstein, a bioethicist at Albany Medical College.

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