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  • P-ISSN0023-3900
  • E-ISSN2733-9343

Problems with Korean Laws Regarding Human Ova Donation and Research

Korea Journal, (P)0023-3900; (E)2733-9343
2009, v.49 no.4, pp.187-203
https://doi.org/10.25024/kj.2009.49.4.187

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Abstract

The Dr. Hwang scandal caused a great deal of concern and debate in Korean society. In response, the Korean bioethics law passed in January 2004 and was promulgated in January 2005. It has since received intense criticism and has gone through four partial modifications. This paper analyzes the problems of the Korean bioethics law regarding the donation of and research on human eggs. The bioethics law allows couples to have a child using the reproductive cells of another woman. It also allows cloning and other manipulations of human embryos. These allowances raise many ethical problems that need immediate attention and correction. In response to this situation, this paper asserts that institutional measures should be put in place to prevent criminal activities, and any law on bioethics must put the value and dignity of human beings at the center and regulate scientific activities in service of human beings.

keywords
bioethics law egg donation eggs for research purposes commercialization of the reproductive cells destruction of the embryos surplus embryos

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