Lucy Frith (Senior Lecturer in Bioethics and Social Science, Liverpool)
People often end their fertility treatment with frozen embryos they will not use themselves and there has been debate about how these embryos should be relinquished to third parties who wish to use them to conceive a child. This paper examines the ethical debate over conditional embryo relinquishment for family building and explores the question of whether those who have spare frozen embryos should be able to choose who they relinquish to. It also considers the possible legal issues such conditional donation might raise in the UK with the advent of the Equality Act 2010 and how the perceptions of those with frozen embryos intersects with these ethical and legal debates.
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