The watchdog body Ethics Committee on Assisted Reproductive Technology (Ecart) agreed to the rare arrangement, saying: “The family relationship is described as close, and the biological mother would socially be an older half-sister. The committee had no concerns about this aspect.”
The mother had asked her daughter to donate eggs to her, which was a request that held an inherent risk of pressure, Ecart said.
“However, based on the information given in the counselling reports, there appears to be no pressure and the egg donor has also stated that she had thought about donation before being asked by her mother.”
But Family First national director Bob McCoskrie believed most people would oppose the approved application between the mother and daughter.
“We have to consider the rights of the child, and it’s a pretty awkward situation to have your biological mother being your stepsister,” he said.
“That should send warning bells as to how far we are going. The term ‘eggs-ploitation’ comes to mind.”
New Zealand Catholic Bioethical Centre director John Kleinsman agreed, calling it “absolutely fraught”. “Potentially it undermines the child’s ability to secure its own health self-identity.”