Embryo Research to Reduce Need for In Vitro Fertilization Raises Ethical Concerns

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In Mexico, women were paid to be artificially inseminated and then donate the resulting embryos for research. The women had to receive powerful hormone therapy, which carries considerable health risks, both immediate and long term. The goal of the study was to find a procedure that allowed parents with genetic abnormalities to give birth to healthy babies without having to pay for expensive IVF therapy. Instead of creating the embryos outside the womb …

Ethical Issues Surrounding Egg Donation in Genome Editing Research

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Are women who receive payment to donate their eggs able to fully understand the health risks (possibly cancer or  death) entailed so as to give informed consent? Additionally, does this practice violate the ethical principle of Justice by taking advantage of vulnerable poor women? NCER believes this policy is unethical because it debases women and treats their eggs/DNA as commodities.




by Patrick Foong | 11 Jan 2020

Like any novel technology, there are …

For a Change of Heart, Would-be Egg Donors Face Threats and Bills

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There is very little legal oversight in the marketplace of selling human eggs, and women who initially agree to donate but then change their minds are often harassed and threatened by fertility clinics. Julie Johnson was one such case, and she changed her mind about donating her eggs when she realized the clinic was not concerned for her well-being, but only interested in exploiting her. Read her story below, along with other women …