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Israel: Egg Donation

(July 6, 2010) On June 7, 2010, the Knesset (Israel's Parliament) passed a comprehensive law regulating the donation of eggs to women who wish to give birth, but are otherwise unable to do so, and the use of unused eggs for research. The law provides that its objective is to protect the dignity, rights, and health of both donor and receiver, while preserving the status of women at all times.

The law authorizes the extraction and use of eggs solely for the birth of a child. It provides that to qualify for receipt of egg donation, the recipient must be found to have a medical condition that prevents her from getting pregnant or from using her own eggs. In addition, the recipient must be 18-54 years old. The law prohibits the trade in eggs for profit. It further provides for the establishment of a databank for the storage of information regarding egg extraction and approval of allocation for implantation.

The law requires the establishment of a registry of babies born as a result of egg donation. The law further establishes a committee for approval of egg donation in exceptional cases and provides penalties for violation of its provisions. It also provides for state compensation for egg donors. (Egg Donation Law (5770-2010), & bill of that law, (both last visited July 2, 2010).)