Achieving National Altruistic Self-Sufficiency in Human Eggs for Third-Party Reproduction in Canada

Baylis, F., Downie, J. (2014). Achieving national altruistic self-sufficiency in human eggs for third-party reproduction in Canada. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 7(1): 164-184.

28 Pages Posted: 17 Oct 2014 Last revised: 27 Nov 2014

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Françoise Baylis

Dalhousie University

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine

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Date Written: May 14, 2014

Abstract

To avoid the commercialization of reproduction, the Canadian Assisted Human Reproduction Act (AHR Act 2004) prohibits the purchase of human eggs. We endorse this legal prohibition and moreover believe that this facet of the law should not be allowed to have as an unintended consequence an increase in transnational trade in human eggs. In an effort to avoid this consequence, and to be consistent with the AHR Act, we advocate a system of national altruistic self-sufficiency. This article briefly outlines a number of strategies to increase the domestic altruistic supply of third-party eggs and decrease the domestic demand for third-party eggs.

Keywords: bioethics, Canada, altruistic self-sufficiency, human egg trade, third-party eggs

Suggested Citation

Baylis, Françoise and Downie, Jocelyn, Achieving National Altruistic Self-Sufficiency in Human Eggs for Third-Party Reproduction in Canada (May 14, 2014). Baylis, F., Downie, J. (2014). Achieving national altruistic self-sufficiency in human eggs for third-party reproduction in Canada. International Journal of Feminist Approaches to Bioethics 7(1): 164-184., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2510853

Françoise Baylis (Contact Author)

Dalhousie University ( email )

6225 University Avenue
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H7
Canada

Jocelyn Downie

Schulich School of Law & Faculty of Medicine ( email )

Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4H9
Canada

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