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Title: Ethical issues in transnational "mail order" oocyte donation
Authors: Heng, B.C. 
Keywords: Commercialization
Mail order
Issue Date: 2006
Source: Heng, B.C. (2006). Ethical issues in transnational "mail order" oocyte donation. International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics 95 (3) : 302-304. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: The rising demand for donor oocytes in developed countries has led to what is referred to as transnational or international oocyte donation, or the outsourcing of oocyte donation to poorer countries. In a further twist, frozen sperm from a recipient's partner can also be mailed to a foreign clinic to fertilize donor oocytes, and the resulting embryos are mailed back, cryopreserved, for transfer to the recipient. Among the numerous ethical concerns raised by this practice of mail order oocyte donation, the most obvious are that underprivileged women from poorer countries are often exploited; fertility physicians from richer counties abdicate responsibility for the welfare of donors; and responsibility could become an issue of contention if transmission of disease to the oocyte recipient or congenital defects in offspring born from such oocyte donation were to occur. Moreover, savings from utilizing donors from poorer countries ought to be shared with oocyte recipients. © 2006.
Source Title: International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics
ISSN: 00207292
DOI: 10.1016/j.ijgo.2006.07.008
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