Couples having IVF should be asked their wishes about spare embryos before egg retrieval

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7064.1078b (Published 26 October 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:1078
  1. Richard P Dickey, Director,
  2. John Bologna Krentel, Attorney at law
  1. Fertility Institute of New Orleans, 6020 Bullard Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70128, USA
  2. 131 Airline Highway, Suite 201, Metairie, LA 70001

    EDITOR,—The recent mass destruction of embryos in Britain could have been prevented if couples had been asked to give their consent for embryo donation before cryopreservation.1 Many couples who are unable to have children could have benefited from the donation and transfer of these embryos.

    Since 1986 the state of Louisiana, uniquely in the United States, has had a law (Civil Code Article La RS 9:121-133) that allows the anonymous donation of embryos but prohibits the deliberate destruction or sale …

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