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Should women be paid large sums of money for egg donation?

A Virginia infertility clinic sparked an international ethical controversy Wednesday by sponsoring a seminar in London that gave away an attempt to get pregnant using an American woman's eggs.

The seminar, designed to entice infertile British women to seek donor eggs in the United States, drew intense criticism from infertility experts, bioethicists and others in Britain and the United States, who likened the event to a crass, commercial come-on similar to a lottery, with the prize being a human body part. Read the full article.

By Jodi Westrick  |  March 18, 2010; 10:08 AM ET  | Category:  Local Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Sperm donors get paid. Donating eggs is not nearly like donating sperm - it is much more invasive and time consuming. And it is risky. Furthermore, this VA clinic is well-known, with a caring and competant staff.

Posted by: achamblee | March 18, 2010 11:21 AM

Having done a round of IVF at that very clinic (for my own use), I can assure you that however much these women are being paid, it's not enough. Not even close. ::shudders::

GIVF is definitely a competent clinic and not some fly-by-night place. Give 'em a break.

Posted by: marag | March 18, 2010 11:31 AM

I own my body, not the government. I should be able to sell any body part I want for any price I can get without any governmental interference. If this were legal there'd be no organ transplant shortages and lives would be saved. While we're at it decriminalize drugs and prostitution. Let free markets flourish!

Posted by: hit4cycle | March 20, 2010 8:36 AM

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