Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Eggs, the gift that keeps on giving

According to the Stem Cell Guidelines Issued by a board of scientists and ethicists, women should no longer be paid for their eggs. However, according to the board there is nothing wrong with making a gift of one's eggs, and they can reuse them indefinitely! Katie previously posted on the issue of women being paid for eggs and the corresponding problems, which is partly what led the board to this decision. However, I can still sell my eggs for about $6000 a pop (up to 6 times safely according to the American Society of Reproductive Medicine). They like to recruit us hyper-educated types. Kieran's post today has a sample of his forthcoming book and the issues involved in selling/donating one's organs or blood, which is obliquely related so I mention it. Commodification of, harvesting of, gifts of...body parts, it's all so fascinating. What do you fertility researchers make of this?

Update: Link to Katie's previous post now works.

12 Comments:

At 9:39 AM, Blogger Katie said...

Does anyone know the current situation for sperm donation? Are men still paid for that? Of course the nature of the effort and invasiveness are quite different between the two, but nonetheless the idea that egg donation should come out of women's altruism/nurturing/whatever, but men can get $50 a pop (if that's the case) strikes me as... well, typical.

 
At 4:06 AM, Blogger Fred Vincy said...

And along the same lines, are doctors planning to donate their services without charge?

 
At 9:46 AM, Blogger Erin said...

Great questions. I hope my cynicism about "eggs as gifts" was clear. Did you see how many times women would have to give themselves a shot if they wanted to "donate/sell" their eggs for someone else to conceive? For me, this would NEVER HAPPEN. I was going to say something else about handmaids, but I've been on that kick a bit much lately, even though it's still apropos.

 
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