Saturday, January 06, 2007
BRAVE New World? Embryo Bank Stirs Ethics Fears
'Embryo Bank' Stirs Ethics Fears
Firm Lets Clients Pick Among Fertilized Eggs
Washington Post 1/06/07
The latest in the exploitation of the Donor Egg trade is on the front page of Saturday's Washington Post. The Abraham Center of Life, based in San Antonio, TX, is the first commercial dealer making embryos in advanced for unspecified recipients. The goal, they claim is to make it more affordable for more people, embryos cost $2500. One batch of 22 embryos, created using genetically fit donors, were sold in batches of two to several different couples.
The fact is that donor egg, embryo and adopted embryo is a field that is ripe for abuse - there are no laws and cash is king.
But what about the people who want to be parents? The article quotes a woman who has already been through three failed donor attempts but refuses to stop trying.
Personally, my greatest fear is that they will make it illegal in the US before I can start my donor egg cycle. All this controversy just gives me a greater sense of urgency.