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Journal of Long-Term Effects of Medical Implants
Abstract of "Human Egg Markets: Ethical Questions on Egg Donation"
Bioethics Center (ABC), 777 UN Plaza, 5th Floor, New York, NY 10017
The standards for donating human eggs for stem cell research and to infertile couples are not yet clear, and ethical questions continue to complicate these issues. The process of donating eggs demands that a woman receive drugs and undergo minor surgery. In the case of stem cell research, the risks of these procedures are not outweighed by an immediate benefit to a donor and recipient, as they are in kidney and liver donations or egg donations to a fertility clinic. This poses the following questions. When the benefit is unclear, how much risk should a woman be allowed to take in the name of research? Should she be compensated for taking such risks? How does permitting or prohibiting egg markets affect the reproductive rights of both the egg donor and the recipient? Is there a difference in the marketing of eggs as compared to marketing kidneys and livers?
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