Israel to allow women to donate their ovaBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7290.816/a (Published 07 April 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:816
- Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
A 15 year old Israeli law that has barred all women, other than those undergoing infertility treatment, from donating their ova will be replaced soon by a detailed law that actually encourages such donation.
The original law was instituted to prevent the sale of ova. Health officials and legislators thought that permitting donations only by those women whose ova were being removed for in vitro fertilisation would prevent the illegal sales of eggs. But the law had the effect of severely restricting the supply of donated eggs, with the result that about 2000 women in Israel are now waiting …