“Police arrested two men Thursday on suspicion of procuring human eggs through the Internet in violation of the South Korean law that bans commercial trade in eggs or sperm.”
I keep saying that human egg trafficking is the new frontier of human exploitation. The industry and their brokers prey upon poor women and encourage them to do something which is not good for them. I was on a TV program on egg donation once with the head of NYU’s egg donor program. He proudly stated that NYU only pays $8000 to their egg donors. $8000 is a lot of cash for a young college woman. And outside the U.S., the smaller payments to women for their eggs can seem like a fortune.
We need stricter laws and regulations that have teeth.
- 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.
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