The ethical allocation of gametes donated for the purpose of fertility treatment

The ethical allocation of gametes donated for the purpose of fertility treatment. Arts and Humanities Research Council Collaborative Doctoral Studentship 2010 – 2013

Grant holder: Professor Heather Draper

The demand for human gametes donated for reproductive purposes exceeds supply. Currently, clinics make their own decisions about who to accept onto waiting lists for donated sperm and eggs, and how to allocate these to those who are waiting. This project aims to combine qualitative data with philosophical analysis in order to determine the allocation criteria that are currently being used by clinics in the UK, and to establish guidelines for which criteria ought to be used in the future. The result will be an empirically-informed set of guidelines for policy generation.

The project is being undertaken as a PhD by Simon Jenkins , under supervision by Professor Heather Draper (Medicine, Ethics, Society and History), Dr Sue Avery (Director of the Fertility Centre at Birmingham Women’s Hospital), and Dr Jonathan Ives (Medicine, Ethics, Society and History).

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