This is so awesome! Women in New York can now be fairly compensated for donating their eggs for stem-cell research! WHOOOO!
With the exception for near-sightedness, a sweet tooth, and a ‘bad attitude’, my family doesnt have a history of genetic diseases. It would be SO AWESOME if I could donate my eggs to a research laboratory and be fairly compensated for the time/pain/risks involved!
But lots of assholes dont want me to do that.
Remember Lisa Billy? Convinced scientists will prowl alleyways, hunting for poor black women to harvest their eggs for $20? See, if I just want to donate my eggs for free, thats one thing, but the second scientists start paying $$, why, poor people will be forced to donate so they can pay the gas bill! *cue picture of screaming and crying black woman laid out, spread-eagle, while ravenous evil white male scientists harvest her eggs*
Shes not alone–Heres a Catholic priest all worried about women!
“Moreover, critics worry that the move could lead to the exploitation of women, especially poor women, who tend not to be in demand for infertility donation.
“With the economy the way it is, you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that when a woman is looking at receiving up to $10,000 to sign up for research project, that’s an undue inducement,” said Thomas Berg, a Catholic priest who directs the Westchester Institute for Ethics & the Human Person and serves on the Empire State Stem Cell Board’s ethics committee. He opposed the decision. “I think it manipulates women. I think it creates a trafficking in human body parts.”
Trafficking human body parts! Oh my! Thats so worse than trafficking priests! Your concern is noted, ‘priest’.
But religious nutbars arent the only ones against basic stem-cell research. Some ‘ethicists’ are angry too.
According to some ‘ethicists’, if you dont offer women an appropriate sum, then they are donating because they want to. If you actually pay women a sum scientists, IRB panels, and donors think is fair, which is equivalent to how much woman make for donating eggs to an infertile couple ($2500-5000), youre ‘exploiting women’:
“In a field that’s already the object of a great deal of controversy, the question is, are we at the point where we really need to go that route in order to do the science?” said Jonathan D. Moreno, a professor of bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania. “I’m not convinced.”
But Moreno, at the University of Pennsylvania, questioned whether enough effort had been made to persuade women to donate eggs without compensation. “I wonder if all the expertise that could be brought to be bear on this problem of getting unreimbursed donation have been explored,” he said.
“People recognize that eggs can make a baby. That’s a very concrete good for society. But you can’t be sure any biological material you collect for research will be part of a medical breakthrough. That’s the goal, but you can’t be sure,” Moreno said.
Actually, you can be sure ‘any biological material you collect for research will be part of a medical breakthrough’, Mr. Im-not-a-scientist-but-I-like-telling-scientists-what-they-should/shouldnt-do. If I donated eggs tomorrow, I have zero expectations that *my* eggs will be the ones used to cure _____. The experiments conducted on my eggs will inch scientists towards a cure for _____, either through ‘Hey! This works! But we still need to do A, B, C…. WWW, XXX, YYY, ZZZ’ or ‘Shit! This approach will not work to cure _____’.
Both positive and negative data contribute towards ‘medical breakthroughs’.
A scientist would know that.
Additionally, I can also be 100% sure how much ‘good’ my eggs will go towards if I dont donate. None. Oh, if I really cared I would do it for free, Mr. Ethicist? Even though every other study gets to fairly compensate their volunteer participants? What is the ‘ethical’ reason for why I cant be fairly compensated for donating my eggs to a cause that will move the medical community in a positive direction?
Piss off, ‘ethicist’.
*high-five* to NY State for siding with scientists on this one!
“This is a really great, appropriate policy,” said Susan Solomon, co-founder of the New York Stem Cell Foundation, a private, nonprofit research organization. “This could help us to pursue some critical experiments that we hope will lead to treatments for devastating diseases.”
“Women are perfectly capable in our society in deciding to get plastic surgery, Botox, donate a kidney. I find it patronizing beyond belief. We compensate people in clinical trails for time and burden all the time,” Solomon said.
“If you’re donating oocytes, there is time and burden,” Ms. Solomon said. “And in our society, we compensate for time and burden.”
Thank you. I like Susan.