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This article explores the social benefits and moral arguments in favour of women and couples freezing eggs and embryos for social reasons. Social IVF promotes equal participation by women in employment; it offers women more time to choose a partner; it provides better opportunities for the child as it allows couples more time to become financially stable; it may reduce the risk of genetic and chromosomal abnormality; it allows women and couples to have another child if circumstances change; it offers an option to women and children at risk of ovarian failure; it may increase the egg and embryo pool. There are strong arguments based on equal concern and respect for women which require that women have access to this new technology. Freezing eggs also avoids some of the moral objections associated with freezing embryos.

Original publication

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00679.x

Type

Journal article

Journal

Bioethics

Publication Date

01/2009

Volume

23

Pages

47 - 58

Keywords

Birth Intervals, Cryopreservation, Employment, Health Services Accessibility, Humans, Morals, Motivation, Oocyte Retrieval, Patient Acceptance of Health Care, Patient Selection, Reproductive Rights, Social Values, Technology Assessment, Biomedical, Time Factors, United Kingdom, Women, Working