Human Exceptionalism

Egg Selling Bad for Women

AB 926 in California would permit Big Biotech to buy eggs from poor women to conduct human cloning and other experiments–potentially increasing the frequency of a practice commonly used in IVF that generally targets beautiful and brilliant college women. (New York already permits egg buying by biotech, resulting in the manufacture of the first human clones.)

Seller beware: Supplying eggs can be dangerous to health and fecundity. A former egg seller tells her story of such consequences in the San Diego Union Tribune. From, “Paying Women to Take a Big Risk:”

Six months later my body began to fail me. I had always been a healthy and active woman, but suddenly I was crippled by pain and unable to live the life I had once enjoyed. I was soon diagnosed with stage IV endometriosis, a disease my doctors now believe was pushed into overdrive as a result of the potent hormones involved in my egg donation protocols.

I quickly lost my own ability to conceive and spent the next three years fighting to regain my health. Five surgeries and approximately $50,000 later, I can finally say that I am no longer facing daily pain and illness. But I will never be able to retrieve what has been lost. I can’t say I regret my decision to donate, because doing so would mean regretting those two lives I helped bring into the world. But I can say that I have grown to deeply question the ethics and health risks involved in egg donation.

And catch this irony!

In fact, not long after my initial infertility diagnosis, the agency I donated through informed me they had a long history of working with former egg donors who went on to encounter their own fertility problems. They said they would love the opportunity to help me find an egg donor if I ever decided to pursue that path to family building.

So, because she was enticed to sell her eggs, she may have to rely on some other woman risking her health so she can become a mother? Good grief!

The moral of the story? Don’t sell your eggs for research or IVF. It’s not worth the risk.

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