John Robertson, Ethicist and Legal Scholar

Long-time ASRM Ethics Committee Member and Past Chair, John A. Robertson passed away last week after a brief illness.

An important contributor to the field of bioethics for decades, Professor Robertson of the University of Texas School of Law served on ASRM’s Ethics Committee from its founding in the mid-1980s through 2012, chairing the committee for several terms. Widely appreciated as a writer and one of the foremost proponents of procreative liberty, he authored papers, law review articles, and books that continue to influence thinking in the field.

Judith Daar, Chair of the Ethics Committee, said of him, "One of John’s many talents was his eloquent and intelligent writing capability. This talent blessed many of our founding Ethics Committee opinions which he helped author. Today our work continues to be guided by John’s wisdom, including the foundational principle of procreative liberty that has paved the way for millions of assisted conception families to be formed with the same dignity and freedom that naturally conceiving persons enjoy.”

John Robertson will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and colleagues. From the University of Texas School of Law, “In Memoriam: Professor John A. Robertson.” 

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