Sperm bank offering vacations to Danish egg donors

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Would you trade your eggs for a nice little sunbathing trip to Greece or Spain? As Denmark banned the sale of eggs, the world’s largest sperm bank believes it has found a way to circumvent the new legislation: by offering Danish women a foreign holiday. Cyros International Sperm Bank, based in Copenhagen, is offering to pay for a trip abroad in return to women who donate their eggs either anonymously or to a specific person. While male sperm donors can be paid directly according to Danish law, this does not apply to egg donors, who are offered just a minimal compensation of 2,400 kroner (about $360) for their time. This is much less than other countries such as Sweden, where women can receive up to 9,000 kroner ($1,350). To encourage more women to become donors, Cyros is offering these women “wellness holidays” to countries like Spain and Greece as a supplement to the financial compensation. Additionally, donors are given the chance to store their eggs at foreign clinics for 10 to 15 years, in case they want to use them in the future. The head of the sperm bank, Ole Schou, says he sees nothing unethical about incentivizing women donors, alleging that “the Danish rules are absurd and detrimental and on top of that it is discriminatory that here you can sell sperm but not eggs.”

Read the full story at The Independent.

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