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‘Secret Son’ Embryo Donor Case Prompts Overhaul of IVF Industry Practice

June 6, 2016

(Sydney Morning Herald) – IVF clinics will require women who use donor eggs, sperm or embryos to give a written undertaking to have a blood test to verify whether they fell pregnant, under new industry guidelines aimed at reducing the risk of donors and clinics being misled. Recipients of donor treatment who fail to provide the results of a pregnancy blood test will be reported to state authorities. The IVF industry unanimously agreed to these changes at the Fertility Society of Australia board meeting on Wednesday night. The changes were sparked by allegations a Sydney woman faked the miscarriage of her donor-conceived baby so she didn’t have to honour an agreement to keep in contact with the child’s genetic parents.

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