egg freezing

This Week in Bioethics

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1. Surrogate Custody Battle Moves Forward Melissa Cook, whose story we broke, is moving forward with her custody battle for the triplets she carried as a gestational surrogate for a single man. Melissa’s case brought international attention after the intended father demanded she abort one of the babies because he was worried about the realities […]

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Egg Freezing for White Women

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Dear Ms. Allen, I read with much interest your New York Times opinion piece, “Is Egg Freezing Only for White Women?”  I follow all things “egg” related as I’ve written and spoken out on the risks to women’s health. I have even produced two films on the topic. Eggsploitation is my feature length documentary film that features […]

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Deep Freeze, Deep Issues

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An article earlier this week from NBC News kicked off a storm of coverage of egg freezing. You know something is having a cultural moment when The Onion satirizes it (twice). As the initial article pointed out, Facebook and Apple, as part of their employee benefit packages, are now offering (or soon will be offering) […]

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Egg Freezing’s False Promises

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Today’s New York Post features an article highlighting a new low in the exploitation of women: egg-freezing parties. Sponsored by EggBanxx, the event targeted young professional women in Manhattan encouraging them to freeze their eggs as a means to free them to pursue their careers and wait until they find Mr. Right to have children. […]

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Egg Freezing: Beating Biology and Buying Time, But at What Cost?

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Egg freezing does not really beat biology. It buys a small chance at giving birth, but at a very high price indeed. A common refrain I hear from women who are thinking about freezing their eggs is, “This is not plan A. It’s my backup plan.” This plan B (or even plan C) may in […]

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Freezing Eggs to Extend Childbearing Years Should Not be Paid By Insurance

The practice of medicine increasingly involves providing (what I call) “consumerist” services in the clinical context. And that can cost a lot of money and redirect resources (doctors, nurses, facilities, medicines, etc.) away from truly “medical” treatments and procedures. Case in point: If women want to delay childbearing for career or other purposes, they can […]

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Egg Freezing Not “Medical”

Science writer Ronald Bailey took to the pages of Reason last month to extol egg freezing as a splendid technology to promote female equality. Here’s the meme: Since men can father children even into old age, it is “discriminatory” (bad Darwin!) that women’s biological clocks stop ticking. Thus, by extracting eggs and freezing them — […]

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Money Changes Everything

By Jennifer Lahl, CBC President When the news broke that Mitt and Ann Romney welcomed grandchildren numbers 17 and 18 this past Friday via “gestational surrogacy,” those of us here at CBC central—who oppose commercialized conception—wondered where the bottom is in these murky waters of assisted reproduction. Tagg Romney posted this on his facebook page […]

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New Documentary Eggsploitation Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

For Immediate Release Film Presents the Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women Through Egg Donation NEW YORK, NY/July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for […]

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Leftovers Again?!

Too much in the news today to keep up with on the latest study on what to do with all the leftover embryos. People apparently don’t like their options. One article said “Women are Unhappy With Disposal Options“. Another article recognized the father and said, “Parents Torn Over Fate of Frozen Embryos“. And a third […]

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Scientists grow eggs from five-year-old girls

A colleague just sent me this article. Last year, when I was in London, attending the annual ISMAAR conference on Mild Approaches to Assisted Reproduction, I heard Teresa Woodruff from Northwestern speak on her research in this area. This article in today’s London Telegraph states, “Scientists have grown eggs from tissue taken from five-year-old girls […]

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Brave New Britain’s “Freeze and Share” Program

When I first read this in my inbox yesterday, I immediately thought this was some cookbook title. Like the line from the movie Steel Magnolia’s where Annelle says she found the recipe in her “freezes beautifully section of my cookbook”. But honestly, will the recipes for how to make a baby never end? Now Britain […]

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