AirTalk for June 20, 2013

Should women make a profit on donating their eggs for research?

California Embryo Bank Provides Donated Eggs For Stem Cell Research

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Embryologist Ric Ross holds a dish with human embryos at the La Jolla IVF Clinic February 28, 2007 in La Jolla, California.

The amount of money a woman can receive for donating eggs could shoot up  from hundreds of dollars to thousands if a new law passes the state Senate. The Senate is expected to vote on a bill today that would allow women who donate their eggs for research to be paid  over and above “direct expenses”. Fertility researchers complain that there is a shortage of eggs because women don’t have many incentives to go through the often painful procedure. But opponents argue that there’s not enough research into the safety of egg donation and it shouldn’t become a for-profit enterprise.

Guests:

Barbara Collura, President/CEO of Resolve: The National Infertility Association founded in 1974; listed as official support for AB926.

Diane Tober, PhD, Associate Executive Director of the Center for Genetics and Society


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