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Study Guide

Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction is intended for a wide audience as we aim to meet the needs of high school groups, university students, law groups, church groups, and any other group interested in the issues of third party reproduction. Most importantly, the study guide is available for FREE in order to maximize distribution and use. You can download it here.

In the months ahead, we encourage you to utilize this invaluable resource and let us know how it works. If you have suggestions or feedback, please let us know as well! We plan to update and modify the study guide on a regular basis, so your input is essential to its success. And remember, if you’re interested in screening one of our films on your campus or for your organization, please do not hesitate to let us know!

Egg Donation

Reproductive technology in the 21st century operates with enormous reliance on ‘donated’ human eggs, meaning dependence on young, fertile women for the eggs their bodies produce (1). The effect of this practice is to commodify women’s bodies. The 2008 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) report on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) found that 18,121 cycles (the administration of drugs to induce egg production in the ovaries) were performed in the U.S. using “donor” eggs (2). As of 2007, in the U.S. alone, the infertility industry was a $6.5 billion for-profit business, growing exponentially (3).
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CBC Legislative Packet-Egg Donation

 

Sperm Donation

Advances in reproductive science and medicine have raised troubling questions over the past 40 years—What is the meaning and definition of parenthood? What is the significance of biological connection between a child and her parents? What is the definition of infertility, and to whom may it apply? And how far may we go to secure “children of our own”? Couples declared to be infertile now have a range of reproductive options and combinations. Techniques such as in vitro fertilization (IVF) and artificial insemination may be combined with the use of donor gametes and/or gestational surrogates in various ways. These high-tech reproductive manipulations force us to contemplate the extent and scope to which we may manipulate procreation and remain both “in control” and a moral society. Alas, society and culture have failed to keep up with the steady stream of technological and scientific advances that have such notable ramifications for future generations.
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CBC Legislative Packet-Sperm Donation

 

Surrogacy

The growing surrogacy phenomenon in which women agree to have their bodies used to undergo a pregnancy and give birth to the resulting baby is becoming a major issue of the 21st century. Surrogacy is often referred to as “womb renting” wherein a bodily service is provided for a fee. The practice is fraught with complexity and controversy surrounding the implications for women’s health and human rights generally.
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Statement on New Jersey’s Gestational Carrier Agreement Act
Simply put, if you care about women’s human rights, you cannot allow their exploitation as commodities and their health endangerment for others’ profit and gain.

 

Artificial Reproductive Technologies

What’s Wrong with Third Party Assisted Reproduction? (PDF)