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‘Social’ egg freezing and the UK’s statutory storage time limits

Jackson, Emily (2016) ‘Social’ egg freezing and the UK’s statutory storage time limits. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42 (11). pp. 738-741. ISSN 0306-6800

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Identification Number: 10.1136/medethics-2016-103704


Within the past few years, following the development of a new fast-freezing technique known as vitrification, fertility clinics have started to offer the option of egg freezing to women concerned about their declining fertility. I am not concerned here with the pros and cons of egg freezing, or its wider social or ethical implications. Rather, my focus is solely and narrowly upon the the UK’s statutory time limit for the storage of gametes, and its unintended, and perhaps even perverse consequences for elective or ‘social’ egg freezing.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2016 13:16
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 02:24

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