We applaud the California governor’s veto of AB 926, which would have permitted researchers to pay women for their eggs. His decision was based, in part, on the fact that the risks to women who provide eggs outweigh the potential scientific benefits.
Should young women who aren’t ready to have children have their eggs extracted and frozen as an “insurance policy” for future motherhood? Several recent media features seem to be promoting egg freezing, with little or no mention of the risks involved for women who undergo egg retrieval procedures or for the children that might be born as a result.
Reproductive medicine has long been criticized for its commercial aspects — for being more like an industry than a medical practice. Run a Google search for “the baby business” and you will not only turn up Debora Spar’s book, but some 954,000 exact matches. Now lawyers are getting in on the action: It’s not just an industry, it’s (allegedly) a cartel!
Women line up to donate eggs; more on what FOCA would do; Kansas Supreme Court finds Phill Kline in contempt of court; after vetoing abortion legalization, Uruguayan President offers to resign as head of his party; Obama can be “feminist-in-chief.”
A surge in egg donations and the health concerns for women who donate eggs is covered tonight by NBC Nightly News.