Kerry Howley, associate editor of Reason Magazine, tells her personal story of donating her eggs for $10,000. Her criticisms are not just directed at the opponents of the infertility trade but also at the infertility boosters who blur the economic exchange and the altruistic pep talk. The disconnect between helping couples have the baby of their dreams and being paid to donate her eggs was enough for her to “want my eggs off the auction block”. She states, ” I never objected to being grist for the pregnancy mill or considered it dehumanizing to sell body parts for profit. But there is something strangely degrading about being lauded as a humanitarian and paid handsomely on the side.
After she was paid $10,000 to donate her eggs, she contacted the agency asking them to remove her photo from their gallery of donors. When asked whether her genetic children were alive and well she was told, “I’m sorry to say that your donation did not result in a pregnancy–your gift was very precious.”
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.