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Women as Commodities

المؤلف: Chuck Colson
التاريخ: 28.09.2010
Category: المستقبل البشري

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You’ve probably seen them—most of us have. Ads soliciting women to donate their eggs for in vitro fertilization are everywhere: in newspapers, on the Internet, on college campus bulletin boards.

Most people don’t even think twice about it. An opportunity for young women to earn a little cash and do something nice for an infertile couple, and it’s all supervised by doctors. What could be wrong with that?

Plenty, according to a new documentary. Eggsploitation, a film produced by the Center for Bioethics and Culture, tears down the façade to show the dark side of egg donation.

The makers of Eggsploitation openly acknowledge that much of their evidence is anecdotal—because it had to be. One of their main points, in fact, is that it’s deeply disturbing how little data has been collected about what’s become a multi-billion-dollar industry. According to the Centers for Disease Control, in 2007 “in the United States alone, over 17,000 reproductive technology cycles were performed using donated eggs.” And yet, in this massive business, no records are kept and no standard follow-up care is provided for the young women undergoing this procedure.

And the procedure itself is far more problematic than those upbeat ads would ever lead you to believe. The women involved are given hormones to force their bodies to produce far more eggs than they normally would—and that, as you might expect, leads to consequences.

The young women interviewed in this film talk about suffering from strokes, brain damage, internal bleeding, or infertility after the procedure. Some ended up with cancer, even those who had no family history of the disease. Others nearly died from complications of the surgery done to retrieve the eggs.

But the problems go beyond that. The women involved in egg donation are being exploited, essentially being turned into human commodities. “A woman has become a walking ovary” is how one researcher puts it in the film. The ideal woman for the job, a so-called “elite donor,” is one with a high I.Q., a sense of altruism, and a need for cash—hence the plethora of ads on college campuses. For all intents and purposes, these women are used and then thrown away.

They are providing genetic material for their own biological children, whom they may never have a chance to know. If they express any concerns or reservations, according to the young women interviewed in the film, they are pressured and even guilt-tripped into continuing.

And it’s only going to get worse because of the mania for embryonic stem cell research. It’s rarely mentioned by the media that all the eggs that help make those embryos have to come from somewhere—that is, from these young women who are not being advised of the risks to their own health.

كلمات مفتاحية: egg donation, trafficking

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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني Rapture7 (2)
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Since there is a lot of risk and danger to these femle egg donors, this idustry should be regulated by the government. Some women that are poor will do anything for a dollar. These decisions to donate should be informed decisions. I am very surprised that this type of business is not strictly regulated by the government. People everywhere should insist on the regulation of this egg donating business in order to insure the highest safety for these women and their bodies.

Rachel


15.07.2011
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رد ضع علم 0 يعجبني لا يعجبني angeleyes19828 (0)
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It is another form of trafficking. These women are having their eggs harvested and then as you said, thrown away. How sad that so many women become victim to this. How dangerous it is. I did not realize how much of a problem this was until I read your article and then did some research. Thank you for your post.


20.10.2010
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Shocking and sad that a woman with ’ a high level of Intelligent Quotient’ so to say  is not intelligent enough to understand the dangers in tampering with her body and going against the normal and can indulge in unethical practises as this.  ’Renting a womb ’ industry is slowly but steadily growing with women from poorer section of the society doing it for monetary gain.Exploitation of women has become complexed and growing at an alarming speed covering all sections....To address this and all issues related to women is an urgent need...May we seek guidance at His feet...


01.10.2010

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