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Michael Freeman and Andrew Lewis

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299189

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299189.001.0001

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The Gifts of Life-Donating Gametes and the Consequences

The Gifts of Life-Donating Gametes and the Consequences

(p.302) (p.303) The Gifts of Life-Donating Gametes and the Consequences
Law and Medicine

Louis Waller

Debbie Mortimer

Oxford University Press

Since the development of in vitro fertilization (IVF), donor sperm has been employed successfully in conjunction with oocyte collection and embryo formation. Oocyte donation and embryo donation have followed the development of IVF and its relations. The number of children born as a result of all these donations where assisted birth technologies of various kinds are used is already substantial. This chapter discusses a number of issues relating to this topic including informing children born from these procedures, change of mind in a gamete donor, and making babies after death. It underlines the importance of autonomy, informed understanding, and foresight in the process of considering, and deciding, to be a gamete donor.

Keywords:   in-vitro fertilization, sperm donors, gamete donor, assisted reproduction

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