Is There an Ethical Problem Here?
Hastings Center Report, Volume 40, Number 2, p. 3.
By John A. Robertson
Egg donation fills an important niche in American infertility
practice. It helps women with ovarian failure, women over forty, and
gay men to have children. It does so, to a large extent, because donors
are paid for their services.
Some people, however, are uncomfortable with paying egg donors, and
in most countries it is illegal. Some fear that payment exploits women,
others that it risks “commodifying” gametes and resulting children.
Although only Louisiana has seen fit to ban payments, the profession’s
own ethics committee, created by the American Society of Reproductive
Medicine, has issued payment guidelines, setting a $10,000 limit and
specifying that compensation should not depend on the donor’s
In this issue of the
Hastings Center Report, Aaron
Levine reports that, in a survey of two months of advertisements for
egg donors in 306 college newspapers, he found that nearly half of the
ads exceeded the ASRM’s $10,000 recommended limit on compensation.
Read the article.
(Something interesting I found)Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2010