Starting from 2015 in Austria, in the framework of extracorporal fertilization (IVF), egg donation is permitted, which is prohibited in Germany by the Law on the Protection of Embryos of 1990. Since the transplantation of a fertilized female cell is the most reliable way to become pregnant artificially, many German couples who are unable to have children turn to the specialists of the neighboring country.
However, there are certain restrictions in the republic. For example, the age of donors should be between 18 and 30 years. They are allowed to donate their eggs only to one clinic and for a maximum of three successful IVF, which led to the birth of children. Female recipients must be no older than 45 years.
Unlike the United States, where donors receive good fees, Austrian clinics pay only one type of reward. Prohibited the mediation and commercialization of donation. In this case, the procedure for the extraction of biological material is associated with a high risk to health. Women undergo the same hormonal stimulation as with IVF treatment. Only embryos are transferred into the uterus of other patients.
Austrian law provides for the child’s right to receive information about his or her biological mother after 14 years of age. The data is first stored in the clinic, and then transferred to the main register. Previously, it was considered unethical, but now psychologists are confident in the groundless fear that knowledge of the truth about the origin will lead to a violation of psychosocial development.
Fertilization for lesbian couples is also available in Austria. Sperm donors are well protected from any kind of possible material claims by the mother and child.
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