What is wrong with the lead sentence in this July 30 Fox5News story:
Now more than ever, women are donating their eggs to make ends meet.
The definition to “donate” is: “To present as a gift to a fund or cause; contribute.”
That, of course, is not what is happening. Women are being paid for their eggs, and handsomely. Continued the story…
Melissa, who declined to give her last name, admitted the main reason she’s donating eggs is because she’s struggling financially….
At the Center For Egg Options in IL, the number of women donating has increased significantly since April.
“There’s no reason to think that suddenly there’s 30% more people who have suddenly had this inner feeling to help out people and what’s changed, it’s the economy,” said fertility specialist Ed Marut.
Across the country, fertility centers have also seen a surge in repeat donors and surrogates….
“The donors will make in the area of $7,000, and the surrogates will make anywhere from $20,000 to $30,000 plus,” said Nancy Block, founder of the Center For Egg Options….
Dr. Bruce Shapiro at the Fertility Center of Las Vegas said compensation is closer to $3,000 to $5,000.
Meanwhile, as JivinJ pointed out yesterday, cloning researchers are complaining about an egg shortage because laws in big human embryo experimentation states like CA and MA forbid egg selling for research, while allowing it for fertility clinics.
What’s the difference?
According to the San Francisco Chronicle
The restrictions are necessary, supporters say, to avoid creating a market for human eggs that encourages women to risk their health for speculative science….
Last month… CA… doled out $23 million in research grants but turned down all applications seeking funding for therapeutic cloning….
A main reason cited for the refusals: no guarantee of enough eggs.
Read the difference in articles describing the very same process of taking hormones and drugs to mature multiple eggs at one time for retrieval. First the article advocating egg donations for fertility reasons:
[Dr. Shapiro] said it is a fairly simple process that takes about 3 weeks.
“It’s more invasive than donating sperm, but still, it’s painless, and there’s more time involved, but we try to make it as smooth a process as possible,” Shapiro said.
He said the side effects of donation usually include some aches and cramps, similar to those of a woman’s period.
Critics of the egg-dependent approach to stem cells say the promise of the research is outweighed by the potential harm to women….
Even under normal doses, drugs used to coax eggs for use by fertilization clinics can occasionally lead to serious complications caused by excessive stimulation of the ovaries. In rare instances, the condition can be fatal.
Egg payments could also create a conflict of interest…. [D]octors responsible for the well-being of egg donors would also have a financial incentive to administer high doses of egg-stimulating drugs to produce as many eggs as possible.
There’s a major double standard here. Either egg “donations” are ethically right and not dangerous to and exploitive of women, or they’re wrong.
The answer is the latter.
U.S. Fertility clinics must be regulated as they are in other countries. There are gaping loopholes in the law right now.
As an outgrowth of the egg donation boom, I see fertility clinics fertilizing “leftover” eggs on purpose, and then crying they must be “donated” for human embryo experimentation or they’ll be wasted.
Or they and liberals will begin pushing the tired talking point that “leftover” eggs at fertility clinics will only be destroyed if not “donated” to science.
[First photo montage courtesy of EggDonation.com; second photo montage courtesy of FertilityBridge.com]