Egg donor compensation set to triple19th October 2011
Women who donate eggs to help infertile couples have a baby could now receive three times as much money as at present under plans announced by the UK fertility watchdog.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority will now pay a one-off fee of £750 per course of donation, compared to the current £250 for expenses and loss of earnings.
With waits of up to five years to receive eggs, some couple have been seeking treatment abroad where payments are higher and more women volunteer for what is an invasive and risky procedure.
Experts hope the move will lead to more donations in the UK.
The National Gamete Donation Trust, which helps couples seeking egg or sperm donors, welcomed the change.
NGDT chairwoman Laura Witjens said: “A balance is being struck between recognising the wonderful gift of donation yet not affecting the purity of donors' motives.
“Altruistic motives should remain at the core of donation, and payment should never facilitate coercion.”
However, the Donor Conception Network, a self-help network of donors and families of children conceived by egg or sperm donation, said it was disappointed by the move suggesting it would lead to a perception that donors were being paid.
Dr David King, Director of Human Genetics Alert, said it would create a financial incentive for women and that the move was ethically wrong.
Josephine Quintavalle of Comment on Reproductive Ethics said: “Egg harvesting is an invasive and dangerous process and women should not be induced with ever larger sums of money to incur such risks.”
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Title: Egg donor compensation set to triple
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 20109
Date Added: 19th Oct 2011