Leave to appeal granted to mother wishing to act as surrogate for her dead daughter
A 60 year old mother wanting to act as surrogate for her dead daughter, by undergoing IVF using the deceased’s frozen eggs, has today been granted leave to continue her legal battle in the UK to obtain permission to export the eggs to a US fertility clinic. This permission was originally refused.
It should be noted that as the daughter did not have a partner when she died, donated sperm will be required were this proposed intervention to ever go ahead.
It is difficult from the limited information we have to hand to understand on what basis the HFEA actually refused to allow the daughter’s eggs to be exported to the US clinic, which apparently had already agreed to the controversial IVF procedure.
This will no doubt be discussed if the appeal does in fact go ahead.
CORE’s position – while underlining genuine sympathy for the family’s tragedy in facing the death of their only child – would nevertheless encourage serious reflection on what is being proposed by the mother.
The intention is to fertilise eggs from the dead mother with donated sperm (anonymous presumably), and if any embryos result for these to be implanted in what would in effect be the womb of the prospective child’s grandmother.
It is impossible to seriously assess the incredible psychological burden which would be placed on a child created under these conditions, always supposing the procedure were ever to be successful.
Life created by donor sperm with a dead mother’s eggs and the pregnancy carried to term by his or her grandmother …
There is a condition in the literature called ‘genealogical bewilderment’ and that comes to mind when one attempts to contemplate how a child would accept the narrative of this current proposal.
In our genuine sympathy for those involved we should never lose sight of our primary duty to the welfare – psychological as well as physical – of the child.
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