Have you noticed that with each passing day, we have a new market to bank and save something from our bodies. We can bank our eggs and sperm. Our babies umbilical cord blood. Our own blood. Our surplus embryos. And now, a company called Cryo-Cell International says “menstrual fluid contains stem cells that might one day be used for medical treatments.”
Using the slogan, “Your Monthly Miracle”, Cryo-Cell offers, “for a fee, to collect and store cells from the fluid for a woman’s future use.”
- 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.