egg donation

Top Ten Posts (#6) #TBT

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As I’m sure you know by now, we’re using #TBT (Throw Back Thursday) to count down the top ten all time most popular posts here at CBC-Network.org. This week’s entry, #6, is an egg donor’s first-person account of her experience. From “Experience of an Anonymous Egg Donor:” I volunteered to harvest eggs for a friend, […]

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Sperm Donation or Compensation?

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A new article in The Daily Beast announces, “Today’s Sperm Donor Isn’t a Broke 20-Something.” The article’s author maintains that sperm donation, while normally associated with college guys looking to make some extra beer money, is more of an altruistic practice than a commercial enterprise. To support her premise, she cites a 2012 study from […]

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A War on Young Women and Children

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I remember years ago being on The Montel Williams Show when the topic was “extreme baby-making.” I was pitted against women who had gone through many forms of assisted reproductive technologies in order to conceive. And, of course, there was the reproductive endocrinologist who offered her expert voice in favor of “advances in science and […]

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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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What’s Wrong with Third Party Assisted Reproduction?

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Here is a new resource we’ve developed in order to highlight and provide references to medical and scientific literature on issues that arise in third-party reproduction. The information is divided into three sections that address: Health and psychological risks to women serving as egg vendors or surrogates Health and psychological risks to the children born […]

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IVF With Donated Eggs Can be Deadly

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A new study reports that women who use donated eggs in IVF have a greater likelihood of dying. From the Daily Mail story: Women who have IVF babies using donor eggs could be much more at risk for a common but potentially dangerous complication of pregnancy, warn researchers. A new study shows a threefold higher […]

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Louisiana’s Unconstitutional Surrogacy Bill

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Talk about a lawsuit waiting to happen! Louisiana is poised to pass a bill that would permit altruistic surrogacy under strictly limited circumstances. From Jennifer Lahl’s piece on it over at the Center for Bioethics and Culture: This bill will allow only altruistic surrogacy between married heterosexual couples who need a surrogate for medical reasons (not […]

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Entertainment at the Expense of Children

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A new graphic novel, Pregnant Butch: Nine Long Months Spent in Drag, chronicles the pregnancy journey of a lesbian named Teek and her partner, Vee. While the novel is fiction, it’s based on the author’s own experience parenting her son. It’s a humorous take on the subject of lesbian pregnancies with one reviewer noting “This […]

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Adults Cloned! Outlaw Before It’s Too Late

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Once Dolly the sheep was manufactured, human cloning was always mostly a matter of developing the right technique. As I described elsewhere, it was a bit ago using fetal cells. Now it has apparently been done with adult cells by Robert Lanza of Advanced Cell Technology. From the Time story: ​​In this case, cells from a 35-year-old man […]

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Elite Egg Donors

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Over at The New Inquiry, Moira Donegan offers a compelling look at the realities of young women who choose to sell their eggs to infertile couples trying to get pregnant. Of particular interest in this article is how these donors aim to emphasize their education levels in order to appeal to the wealthy couples looking […]

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Eggsploitation in Japan

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I was interviewed for an hour yesterday by two journalist from Japan who are working on a feature piece for Japanese news on egg donation. The Japanese are considering expanding the egg donation ‘market’ there. Currently, altruistic donation is legal, but it is not widely practiced. We have been working with a professor at the […]

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Get Ready for a Busy 2014 in Bioethics

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My taskmasters at the CBC never allow me to rest on my laurels. Fresh off several years of stellar prognosticating, I am now forced to answer the question: “But what have you predicted, lately?” Okay, let’s take a look. Oh! Oh my. Please remember, the following predictions are what I see happening. They do not […]

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Auditioning to Sell Your Eggs

Ounce-for-ounce, human eggs are the most valuable commodity in the world — if you are beautiful and intelligent. Why, young college women at elite colleges receive tens of thousands for delivering a microscopic product to would-be parents who don’t just want a child, but one beautiful and smart enough to suit their high standards. That […]

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Egg Donor or Matchmaker?

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Egg donation just got a whole lot sexier (soft of). This news article from the UK’s Dail Mail is a couple of weeks old, but still worth a mention. A new website, Premier Egg Donors, features Facebook style ads for potential couples looking to hire an egg donor for their potential child. Among the women […]

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When Headlines Lie

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We all know headlines are meant to sell news, so we are right to read articles through a discerning lens and even some healthy skepticism. We are also wise to consider the source. Is this a trusted reporter? Is this a reliable journal, paper, or author? You can imagine my sense of outrage when last […]

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Bodies Double as Cash Machines

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In an October 15th article, Bloomberg news reports that “Bodies Double as Cash Machines With U.S. Income Lagging.” Among the many ways Americans are looking to make money during the financial downturn are selling their hair, breast milk, and, unsurprisingly, human eggs. The article profiles a popular fertility clinic in the D.C. Metro area where […]

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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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Jennifer Lahl Statement on Egg Donation

Dear Delegates at the PACE Hearing, 2nd October, 2013: Having worked with Comment on Reproductive Ethics (CORE) for more than a decade on several collaborative efforts in both Europe and the United States, I write today to express my serious concerns for the health and well-being of otherwise healthy women who are being targeted for […]

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