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Bioethics. 2009 Jan;23(1):39-46. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8519.2008.00680.x. Epub 2008 Oct 9.

Egg freezing: a breakthrough for reproductive autonomy?

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Department of Philosophy and Religion and Women's and Gender Studies at North Carolina State University, North Carolina 27695-8103, USA. karey_harwood@ncsu.edu

Abstract

This article describes the relatively new technology of freezing human eggs and examines whether egg freezing, specifically when it is used by healthy women as 'insurance' against age-related infertility, is a legitimate exercise of reproductive autonomy. Although egg freezing has the potential to expand women's reproductive options and thus may represent a breakthrough for reproductive autonomy, I argue that without adequate information about likely outcomes and risks, women may be choosing to freeze their eggs in a commercially exploitative context, thus undermining rather than expanding reproductive autonomy.

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