The Malta Independent 23 September 2019, Monday

No gamete donations carried out since introduction of new law

Tuesday, 11 June 2019, 10:17 Last update: about 4 months ago

There have been no sperm or ovum donations from third parties since the new law allowing for third-party donations was introduced eight months ago.

In a parliamentary question, PL MP Etienne Grech asked Ministry for Health, Chris Fearne how many times sperm or ovum donations were done using the latest technology for reproduction in Mater Dei Hospital as well as private hospitals.

The law included new regulations about embryo freezing as well as gamete donation. Before the law was introduced, anyone seeking gamete donation had to go abroad for the treatment. The legislation now allows for the donation of both sperm and eggs, by people over the age of 18, but under the age of 36.

The law on gamete donation is, however, highly restricted. Each donor is only allowed to donate once, and that donation can only be used to create one family.

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