US clinic offers chance for free human eggs
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Last Updated: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 22:09
London: An American infertility clinic is offering free human eggs to one British woman for attending an informational seminar today in London.

The promotion, which has been described by some as a raffle, has sparked an ethical debate in Britain about whether women should be paid for their eggs, which is illegal in the European Union, but not in the United States.

The Genetics and IVF Institute held a free educational seminar for British couples today. Of the participants, one will win a treatment cycle for donated in-vitro fertilization, to produce eggs. The prize is not based on a paid raffle.

In a statement, the clinic said its egg donors are college-educated women between 19 and 32. In the U.S., women are routinely paid from USD 10,000 to USD 35,000 or more for their eggs.

In Britain, women cannot be paid for their eggs and can only be compensated for their travel expenses and time off work; that cannot exceed more than USD 384) per treatment cycle. To donate eggs, a woman must undergo a monthlong treatment that involves injecting herself with hormones and then undergoing a surgical procedure to retrieve the eggs.


First Published: Wednesday, March 17, 2010, 22:09

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