Many who follow my writings know that I have been working hard here in the U.S. to establish a federal registry that would track and follow up on every egg donor/egg donation in the country. The way I propose this registry, would be written broadly in order to capture not only egg donors, but also women undergoing ovarian hyperstimulation for their own fertility treatments. The process is the same, so the risks to women in general are shared. Makes no difference where they eggs end up once the ovarian hyperstimulation and egg retrieval is done.
Calla Papademas is a good example of an egg donor who appears no where in the medical literature. This practice should not be allowed to continue! It is reckless and does not treat women as patients, but egg factories.
My colleague, Dr. Jennifer Schneider, lost her daughter, Jessica Wing to colon cancer after selling her eggs three times. Her life and death are making the local news in Arizona papers today (sorry you have to free subscribe to read the articles). Here are some quotes and a picture of Jessica with her mother.
“We really don’t know the long-term risks,” said Dr. Jennifer Schneider, who practices internal medicine. These young women may take that as meaning there are no risks. Young women think they are invulnerable. But my daughter was like that, too, and at 31 she was gone.
- 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.