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Change To Fertilisation Guidelines Expected

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Tony Ryall
Tony Ryall

Wellington, Dec 5 NZPA - Health Minister Tony Ryall is expected to announce new guidelines next week which will open the door for those wanting to have a baby using donor sperm and donor eggs.

Mr Ryall was expected to accept the assisted reproductive technology advisory committee's guidelines on the issue on Thursday, NZPA understands.

The new guidelines would allow donated sperm to be used to fertilise donated eggs in the laboratory. The embryos would then be implanted.

People wanting to have a baby can currently use either a sperm donor or an egg donor but not both because there would be no biological connection to the child.

Under the new guidelines, people wanting to use both a sperm and egg donor would apply to the assisted reproductive technology ethics committee, which would decide on each case individually.

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