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Israel bans imports of fertilised ova

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.532/e (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:532
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. Jerusalem

    Starting 1 October, infertile Israelis who want to be parents will no longer be able to import frozen fertilised ova from any foreign country, because the health ministry fears that they might be contaminated with infectious diseases.

    Ministry legal adviser Mira Huebner and ministry adviser and gynaecologist Dr Mordechai Halperin said that in vitro fertilisation procedures abroad may not be safe and women receiving implanted embryos could be infected with HIV, hepatitis B or C, or other diseases.

    Because of the severe shortage of donor eggs …

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