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Ethical standards ignored by in-vitro industry, study says

August 14, 2012

The in-vitro fertilization industry has failed to maintain accepted ethical standards for egg donors, a new study charges.

The study in Fertility & Sterility reports that organizations that recruit women to donate their eggs for artificial reproduction have neglected to warn the women about the medical risks involved, offered extra payment for women who are attractive or have high college grades, and failed to conduct a psychological examination of younger donors. In these respects the recruiting organizations have violated the ethical standards set by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the study notes. These ethical standards for assisted reproduction are voluntary; there are no criminal penalties for violating them.


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