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Egg Freezing for White Women

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Dear Ms. Allen, I read with much interest your New York Times opinion piece, “Is Egg Freezing Only for White Women?”  I follow all things “egg” related as I’ve written and spoken out on the risks to women’s health. I have even produced two films on the topic. Eggsploitation is my feature length documentary film that features […]

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Egg Freezing’s False Promises

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Today’s New York Post features an article highlighting a new low in the exploitation of women: egg-freezing parties. Sponsored by EggBanxx, the event targeted young professional women in Manhattan encouraging them to freeze their eggs as a means to free them to pursue their careers and wait until they find Mr. Right to have children. […]

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Egg Freezing: Beating Biology and Buying Time, But at What Cost?

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Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed. A common refrain I hear from women who are thinking about freezing their eggs is, “This is not plan A. It’s my backup plan.” This plan B (or even plan C) may in […]

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Egg Freezing Not “Medical”

Science writer Ronald Bailey took to the pages of Reason last month to extol egg freezing as a splendid technology to promote female equality. Here’s the meme: Since men can father children even into old age, it is “discriminatory” (bad Darwin!) that women’s biological clocks stop ticking. Thus, by extracting eggs and freezing them — […]

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Freezing Eggs to Extend Childbearing Years Should Not be Paid By Insurance

The practice of medicine increasingly involves providing (what I call) “consumerist” services in the clinical context. And that can cost a lot of money and redirect resources (doctors, nurses, facilities, medicines, etc.) away from truly “medical” treatments and procedures. Case in point: If women want to delay childbearing for career or other purposes, they can […]

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“Donate and Preserve” – Just Another Eggsploitation Gimmick?

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Connecticut’s leading fertility center, CT Fertility, run by Dr. Michael Doyle, has announced the launch of a new “Donate and Preserve” program. The program offers repeat egg donors the option to save some of their eggs for their own use later on, should they have problems conceiving. Recognizing the highly educated egg donors in their […]

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Fresh Eggs are the Best

Another new fad (read- hyped up scheme to make others rich) is the business of freezing human eggs. Part of the marketing of this new business is luring women into thinking they can have it all. It’s called ‘social’ egg freezing vs. women who freeze their eggs before undergoing chemotherapy for cancer treatments. Mr. Right […]

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This Week in Bioethics

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1. Good News, Right Up Top! This appears to be a promising advancement in adult/non-embryonic stem cell research. Scientists in San Diego are developing a new method for working with the cells, using a process that is similar to the ways in which cells normally develop. The upshot is that this new technique “removes the […]

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2016 Winners and Losers

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Each year at this time we look back over the past twelve months with an eye toward identifying those whose lives and work actively promoted and affirmed a truly human future, and those who did not. Winners: Stephanie Packer is more than a winner; she really is a hero. Sitting down with her while making […]

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1. Maltese Political Party Rejects Euthanasia The Alternattiva Demokratika party of Malta has rejected euthanasia and assisted suicide, and instead is seeking to emphasize the importance of living wills and palliative care in public policy. We also encourage the use of living wills. Even better is a durable power of attorney for healthcare that is […]

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1. Surrogate Custody Battle Moves Forward Melissa Cook, whose story we broke, is moving forward with her custody battle for the triplets she carried as a gestational surrogate for a single man. Melissa’s case brought international attention after the intended father demanded she abort one of the babies because he was worried about the realities […]

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1. Coldhearted Sperm “Donor” Glad to No Longer be “Donating” This story caught my attention because of the sheer callousness it demonstrates in a person who donated his sperm to “help others” have a baby. A happily married father of two who is now a physician laments a law in the U.K. that allows children […]

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1. New Records Set For Reproductive Technology in the United States According to a new report, the U.S. reproductive technology industry is slated to reach over $4 billion by 2020. The largest sector of the market, $1.2 billion, comes from fertility drug revenue. As we’ve long said, infertility has become a booming business in the […]

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1. New Study Evidences that Egg Freezing “Doesn’t Always Work” A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found a success rate of only 43% of live births for women who freeze their eggs. Fresh eggs yield a success rate that is only slightly higher at 50%. As the high failure rates evidence, the practice of egg […]

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1. China Prohibits Egg Freezing, Encourages Sale of Sperm China has long held a ban on single women freezing their eggs, but now in light of the decision by Juhuasuan, a Chinese company affiliated with Alibaba (the Chinese equivalent to eBay) to begin selling sperm, some Chinese women are pushing back against “reproductive inequalities.” Here at […]

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Mitochondrial Disease Research Makes Progress Earlier this week the Wall Street Journal reported on the fact that two new experiments—one using cell reprogramming and the other using cloning—have led to progress against mitochondrial disease. While we encourage ethically informed research that could reduce or eliminate the disease, we oppose any type of experimentation that will […]

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1. New Study Offers Grim Results for IVF Success Rates A new study just out offers grim prospects for those seeking to use IVF later in life. According to The Guardian, “the chances of women having a baby through IVF was only 1.3% in those aged 44 and above.” The study went on to describe […]

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1. Stop Surrogacy Now Coalition Launched The Center for Bioethics and Culture is pleased to be one of the original sixteen international organizations to have signed the Stop Surrogacy Now petition. This global coalition is calling on leaders of the world to put an end to the exploitative practice of surrogacy. In less than one […]

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