On 27 July 2009, Professor Lisa Jardine, Chairman of the HFEA, told The Times that she wished to re-open the debate over the long-standing ban on selling sperm and eggs. This is in response to the national shortfall of gamete donors. Donor numbers have fallen drastically following the HFEA’s recent challenge to the right of anonymity for donors. The HFEA has been warned that it faces legal action if it lifts the ban on payments to donors. Campaign group Comment on Reproductive Ethics has pledged to examine whether moves to introduce payments would breach European law. To read more, go to: