Submitted on Tuesday 2nd August 2011
Published on Thursday 4th August 2011
Current status: Closed
Closed: Saturday 4th August 2012
There should be a presumption of giving consent by biological sperm or egg donors for their frozen embryos to be given IVF sometime in the future
There are several cases whereby a sperm donor refused to consent for their biological frozen embryo to be artificially inseminated after a period of time had elapsed. The contract for egg and sperm donation by a couple must be drafted on the understanding that once donated, the embryo can be used for IVF in the future by either one of the biological couple, without further consent by the other half of the couple (regardless of whether a biological sperm or egg donor). There should be a presumption of implied consent that a biological donor of sperm or egg for his/her frozen embryo to be given IVF sometime in the future, without the need for further consent if one of the biological donors requested for an IVF either immediately or at a future date. The clinics doing the IVF should however be regulated under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) or its equivalent.
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