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Romanian police raid clinic run by Israelis, accusing them of buying women’s eggs and selling them for profit

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 23 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3003
  1. Judy Siegel-Itzkovich
  1. 1Jerusalem

    Romanian police have arrested 30 people, most of them Israelis, in a sudden sweep on 30 July. The 30 were detained on suspicion of removing and purchasing human eggs from indigent local women for a few hundred euros each and selling and implanting them in Israeli and other women for thousands of euros.

    Twenty eight of the detainees were interrogated and released after bail was posted, but the Israeli owners of the Sabyc Medical Centre, the doctors Harry Myron and his son Yair, will remain in custody for at least several weeks.

    The Myron family in Israel maintain that the two doctors had received “all necessary approvals from the authorities” for the in vitro fertilisation clinic. However, the Romanian police said that the clinic was guilty of violating the law that prohibits paying for the …

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