The ethical allocation of gametes donated for fertility treatment

Jenkins, Simon (2014). The ethical allocation of gametes donated for fertility treatment. University of Birmingham. Ph.D.

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This thesis is a discussion of the ethical issues surrounding the allocation of donated sperm and eggs to patients at fe1iility clinics. It adopts an empirical bioethics approach in which traditional philosophical analysis is combined with the collection and analysis of empirical data in order to ensure that the views of those involved in the field are represented.

Following the preliminary philosophical analysis, the second section of this thesis presents the results of a qualitative study, which was undertaken with fertility clinic staff and other relevant professionals such as academics and representatives of patient organisations. The views and ideas that emerged from these data were considered in light of the earlier philosophical analysis, and where relevant, initial conclusions were revised to account for these considerations.

The results suggest that the prioritisation of patients based on age, violent history, and health and health behaviours is justified, that allowing conditional and known donations may benefit all patients by increasing the number of donors, and that a national system of allocation may confer similar benefits, as well as being fairer than current, local allocation.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Ph.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Ph.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Medical & Dental Sciences
School or Department: School of Health and Population Sciences
Funders: Arts and Humanities Research Council, Other
Other Funders: Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics


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