Call to legalise payment to egg donors

Next month New Zealand’s advisory committee on reproductive technology (Acart) will make the recommend to Health Minister, Tony Ryall, that between $1000 and $3000 be payed to egg donors.

The reason given for the recommendation is that it will encourage more people to donate eggs, and sperm.

Acart chairman John Angus said increasing payments would allow donors fair compensation for their efforts.

“There’s a real shortage of eggs, in particular, in New Zealand, and overseas couples are able to access eggs of younger women.”

The Human Assisted Reproductive Technology Act says eggs and sperm have to be given charitably, unlike in the United States and Britain, where sums of up to $10,000 are paid. In New Zealand, donations have to be open, so the child can find its origin.


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