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New Ways of Making Babies: The Case of Egg Donation

Bonnie Steinbock, PhD
JAMA. 1997;278(14):1202-1203. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03550140096055.
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This anthology was commissioned by the National Advisory Board of Ethics in Reproduction (NABER), a panel in the private sector with members from the fields of ethics, theology, law, medicine, genetics, and public policy. It investigates the ethical, legal, and policy difficulties that surround egg donation, and assisted reproductive technologies (ART) generally.

A recurring theme is how the liberty of individuals to make reproductive choices should be balanced against potential harms, whether to society as a whole or to offspring. Part A is devoted to procedures and policies of four oocyte donation centers, presented by their administrators. It includes such issues as the reason for and extent of oocyte donation, the methods for selecting donors and recipients, the counseling they receive, the cost of the procedure, its potential risks, and success rates. Also discussed are the merits of anonymous vs nonanonymous gamete donation. Part B has 10 chapters on ethical


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