Is cross-border human egg donation [im]moral?

Issue date: 20 November 2014


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Social Science in the City – the Watershed, 20 November 2014 Bristol 18:00 to 20:00

Is cross border human egg donation (im)moral? This topical question will be debated tonight, 20 November 2014, at the Watershed in Bristol, at a special UWE Bristol Social Science in the City event. The evening will be hosted by Dr Michael Nahman and Dr Christien Van den Anker

Dr Nahman said, “Injected with hormones, students and women from poor US states sell up to 30 human eggs for $200 which are then trafficked to Israel (among other states) where six eggs are sold for as little as $3000.

“'Want to be' parents are misled into believing that choosing particular 'eggs' will enable them to choose particular traits of a future child. This event will allow for some lively debate, not least because of how the subject matter draws on many other political debates of the present time.”

Senior lecturer in Sociology Dr Michal Nahman is internationally recognised for her research on human egg donation. Dr Nahman is the Author of 'Extractions: An ethnography of reproductive tourism' (Palgrave, 2013) which will be launched at this event, followed by the discussion.

Dr van den Anker, editor of the 'Global Ethics Series' by Palgrave Macmillan will be co-hosting this event, and will also answer audience questions around human rights more generally.

Dr van den Anker is Associate Professor in Politics and International Relations at the University of the West of England, Bristol. She is an international expert on human rights and human trafficking currently researching the exploitation of migrant workers and the transnational factors creating vulnerability to abuse. Her latest book is 'Human rights and Migration', edited with Ilse van Liempt (Palgrave 2011).

To register for the debate please visit the UWE Bristol Events pages.

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