Thursday, August 25, 2005

Egg donors and surrogate moms

Virginia Postrel says:
When a woman of my advanced age, or, say, Elizabeth Edwards', has a baby, chances are very, very high that she used another woman's egg--especially if the baby is her first. Unlike adopting a child or using a surrogate, however, using an egg donor means you get pregnant and bear the child yourself. And that means you can pretend no donor was involved, which is exactly what a lot of people do.
There are probably a million moms in the USA who are lying to their kid about who the dad is. Now it seems that there are maybe 200,000 who are lying about who the genetic mother is!

When you hear about a 40-year-old woman going to a fertility clinics, she is probably buying eggs from another woman. Most people don't even know that it is legal to pay big bucks for a human egg.

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