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Giving oocytes to women in need: permitted, forbidden, or pressured? A commentary
© Shenfield; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2012
- Received: 14 December 2011
- Accepted: 18 April 2012
- Published: 18 April 2012
There can be no starker contrast in egg donation than between Austria, where it is forbidden, and Israel, where it is encouraged to the extent that some Israeli women go abroad in order to obtain these precious reproductive cells. There are grave ethical issues in some of the transactions involved, which may fall out with the definition of a gift. The ESHRE taskforce on cross-border reproductive care is keen to promote standards in this field, including the ethical standard of avoiding coercion.
This is a commentary on http://www.ijhpr.org/content/1/1/15/
- cross border reproductive care
- egg donation
- egg sale
Françoise Shenfield is a fertility specialist with more than 25 years of experience at the University College London Hospitals. She is also qualified in medical law and ethics, is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's Taskforce for Ethics and Law, and is a co-chair of the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics' ethics committee.
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