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Korean Journal of Reproductive Medicine 2009;36(3):209-218.
Published online September 1, 2009.
Disposition of Cryopreserved Embryos Generated before the Year of 2005.
Gyeong Hun Lee, Young Min Choi
1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul Medical Center, Korea.
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
3Institute of Reproductive Medicine and Population, Medical Research Center, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Korea.
Abstract
OBJECTIVE
To analyze current issues and to propose alternatives for "the cryopreserved embryos generated before 2005". METHODS: The differences in attitude among the stakeholders such as sperm donors, oocyte donors, and IVF clinics were presupposed. We want to forecast the impediments which occur inevitably in the process of "getting the informed consent" and "discarding the cryopreserved embryos generated before 2005". RESULTS: Even though there is a specific guideline for "the cryopreserved embryos generated before 2005" at Novemebr 23, 2006, no consensus about the process related to "getting the informed consent" has been made. CONCLUSION: Unavoidably, it seems to be entering a period of massive discard of "the cryopreserved embryos generated before 2005". This is actually opposed to the intent of the Bioethics and Safety Act, which is to protect human dignity and prevent harm to human beings. We have to make reasonable due process to determine the destiny of "the cryopreserved embryos generated before 2005".
Key Words: The Bioethics and Safety Act; Massive discard; Cryopreserved embryos; 2005
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