Egg Donation – Interesting article out of The Hastings Center that places a few ethical issues involving the field of human reproduction square into the public eye. I would read it in its entirety, and let me know your thoughts – is this an ethical issue? Is there a conflict here?. I will digest and comment early next week.
“Last June, the Empire State Stem Cell Board caused a stir by allotting public funds for stem cell research in the state of New York. It permitted paying up to $10,000 dollars per cycle for egg retrieval for research purposes. This decision is best understood in light of the difficulty that stem cell scientists have in finding women to provide eggs without payment. New York’s policy contradicts regulatory standards in many other countries, as well as in other states.
However, the lack of regulatory support for egg payments in other states is not an obstacle to the practice. My research in California last summer on behalf of REMEDiE Regenerative Medicine in Europe, a European Union project, shows that payments are in fact taking place there. California researchers have developed two different business arrangements with fertility clinics and egg donors to undermine public policy, and to pay women for their eggs.”