Donating gametes for research and therapy: a reply to Donald Evans

Journal of Medical Ethics 23 (2):93-95 (1997)
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There has been a troublesome anomaly in the UK between cash payment to men for sperm donation and the effective assumption that women will pay to donate eggs. Some commentators, including Donald Evans in this journal, have argued that the anomaly should be resolved by treating women on the same terms as men. But this argument ignores important difficulties about property in the body, particularly in relation to gametes. There are good reasons for thinking that the contract model and payment for gametes are both inappropriate, and that a model based on altruism should be applied to both sexes.

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Donna Dickenson
Birkbeck, University of London

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