Use of fetal eggs for infertility treatment is banned

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: (Published 30 July 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:289
  1. L Dillner

    Eggs from aborted fetuses and cadavers should not be used to treat infertile women in Britain, although they can be used for research, said the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) last month. The authority, which licenses fertility clinics, made its ruling after six months of public consultation on the use of donated ovarian tissue. The authority received nearly 10 000 responses to its consultation document - 83% were against using fetal eggs for infertility treatment. More than half the responses were in favour of using fetal eggs for research.

    The HFEA said that only ovarian tissue from live, consenting donors would be acceptable for treatment. “While we have no objection in principle to the use of cadaveric ovarian tissue from adult women, we will not currently approve its use,” said the authority. Sir Colin Campbell, chairman of the HFEA, said that they would be willing to review the issue in the future. “We do not think we need to act on this with urgency,” he said. “It is not just an issue of …

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