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Some fertility clinics limit donated-egg recipients to women who are 55 years of age or younger. Do you think this is an intrusion on reproductive rights?

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To determine: Whether the practice of fertility clinics to limit the age of egg-donor women recipients to 55 years or younger is an intrusion on reproductive rights.

Introduction: Age related infertility problems in females can be solved by retrieving eggs from donor females or using eggs that have been collected and frozen. Then, with the aid of IVF technology, the in-vitro incubated egg can be implanted into the uterus of older females. This makes it possible for older women to become pregnant.

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The leading cause behind age related infertility is the age of the egg and not the age of the reproductive system. This problem is therefore solved by using eggs donated by a younger woman as it makes possible for a woman with a functional uterus to carry a baby regardless of the age. Some clinics limit the donated-egg recipients to women who are 55 years of age or younger, because the rates of medical, ethical, and psychological complications increases with age...

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