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The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 24-25 March 2018

Dr Anna Smajdor

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Anna Smajdor:


Pig-human organs: policing the moral boundaries

20 June 2016 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

The recent of creation of pig embryos with human DNA blurs the boundaries between animals and ourselves, giving us a chance to consider whether our moral categories are correct... [Read More]

Do women have a right to freeze their eggs?

17 August 2015 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

From a Western perspective, China may seem excessively restrictive in preventing citizens from paying for egg freezing services but we have failed to use the democratic space we have to negotiate state policies in reproduction... [Read More]

Can I be my grandchild's mother?

09 March 2015 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

The Daily Mail recently reported that a 59-year-old woman is seeking to give birth to her own grandchild... [Read More]

Beyond the harm threshold

26 August 2014 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

Underlying many controversies in reproductive technology is an assumption that there is a 'harm threshold' – a point at which a child would suffer so much that it would have been harmed by coming into existence. This idea has an intuitive appeal, but the questions it raises are very difficult to answer... [Read More]

The sperm harvest

13 January 2014 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

Dilemmas relating to the perimortem retrieval and posthumous use of sperm have featured in a number of recent BioNews articles. These cases show us how variable attitudes toward consent may be in different countries... [Read More]

Whose sperm is it anyway?

01 October 2012 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

A woman whose husband became a sperm donor without her knowledge is seeking to change the law. Her claim is that a husband's sperm constitutes a 'marital asset', over which a wife should have some legally enforcable rights... [Read More]

The IVF lottery

08 August 2011 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

In 2007, the world's media reported - with various degrees of shock and disapproval - on a Big Brother-style TV programme being created in Holland. This was Big Brother with a bizarre twist: instead of a cash prize and a moment of minor celebrity, the winner would get ... a kidney. Fast forward to 2011. A similar media outcry has been provoked by the announcement by fertility charity To Hatch of a lottery where the prize is - not cash; not a kidney, but... fertility treatment... [Read More]

Should doctors harvest eggs from a comatose woman?

22 August 2010 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

A novel dilemma has arisen recently, recalling past debates over the removal of sperm from dead or dying men. However, the current case is a first, in that that it involves eggs, rather than sperm. Ultimately, the request was denied, but not necessarily for the right reasons... [Read More]

Consent for embryo creation and storage: time for a change in the law?

17 May 2010 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

When Natallie Evans lost her case to prevent the destruction of her embryos in 2007, many people were moved by her plight. The letter of the law had been followed, but with tragic consequences for her... [Read More]

Time to put a stop to postmenopausal mothers?

01 February 2010 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

When Liz Buttle (then aged 60) became the UK's oldest mother in 1997, she was subjected to a storm of media criticism. Since then, debate over appropriate age limits for fertility treatment has shown no signs of abatement, while a growing number of postmenopausal women seek treatment in the UK and abroad.... [Read More]


BioNews Review articles written by Dr Anna Smajdor:

Book Review: The Ethics of Pregnancy, Abortion and Childbirth - Exploring Moral Choices in Childbearing

12 February 2018 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

Academics have written at length on the ethics of reproductive technologies, abortion and speculative possibilities such as reproductive cloning. But pregnancy itself up until recently has been a somewhat neglected topic... [Read More]

Report Review: Eugenics and the Ethics of Selective Reproduction

09 September 2013 - by Dr Anna Smajdor

The prospect of eugenics has re-emerged in multiple new guises. The polarising power of this concept is part of its fascination, but this is not necessarily fruitful for debate or policy-making. In their booklet, Stephen Wilkinson and Eve Garrard address this problem... [Read More]


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