Worldwide Eggsploitation: Egg Donation and Exploitation of Young Women Results in Death

This is a re-blog from our friends at the St Anne Center for Reproductive Health.

Eggsploitation, or, as I call it, egg harvesting, is a deadly new form of prostitution, made possible by a combination of modern science, doctors who are willing to exploit, sell and endanger healthy patients in order to make money for themselves and a culture that regards women as a commodity to be bought and sold.

Here in the United States, egg harvesters run ads on Craigslist, college campus newspapers, Facebook and other social media, enticing healthy young women to undergo this dangerous procedure and allow egg harvesters (i.e., “infertility doctors”) to harvest their bodies for their eggs. The eggs are then sold for embryonic stem cell research and for “family building,” usually for gay couples.

The doctors who do this in Oklahoma misrepresent both the dangers and the suffering involved in submitting to egg harvesting. I assume they do this other places, as well. Based on conversations I’ve had with many of them, the young women in question often experience life-long health problems, including subsequent infertility, as a result of allowing doctors to harvest their bodies for eggs.

Jennifer Lahl, of the The Center for Bioethics and Culture is a remarkable woman who is fighting this evil. I have had the honor of working with her on legislation in the past. She is selfless in her dedication to end the exploitation of young women at the hands of unethical and predatory medical professionals. Please read this article.

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16 comments

  1. Horrifying. What has our society become?

    1. I think it is reverting; To a time before Christ when paganism ruled and the human person was nothing.

      1. That’s what I fear. From the start Christians stood out in favour of life – and they still do – but my goodness, the darkness that is falling around us!

        1. I know. It is terrible. But we are still called to be the light. In this time, that calling is critical.

          1. Yes, you are right. That’s why it is so important that the trumpet gives a clear sound – and why your efforts are so appreciated.

          2. Thank you Jessica. It’s why I’m doing this.

          3. And it is why so many of us tune in an cheer you on – we mean it, we know we need more people like you. Unfortunately, as the wife of a serving soldier, I can’t get involved in politics – but I can cheer people on 🙂

          4. You DO cheer me on! Thank you, friend Jessica.

          5. You’re most welcome Ma’am 🙂

  2. Thank you for your work in spreading the truth. so much deceiving going on in every area– it’s horrifying.

  3. This is horrible…thank you for speaking out against yet another exploitation of women.

    1. Thank you Brook. Yes, it is horrible.

  4. Unfortunately, this isn’t something new. In 2004 a book was published entitled “Confessions of a Serial Egg Donor” written by Julia Derek, a woman who “donated” eggs 12 times for tens of thousands of dollars. I haven’t read the book yet, so I can’t comment on whether it’s a good book or not, but it may be worthwhile reading to see how the fertility business is targeting young college women trying to make money.

    1. No. It’s not new.

      I’ve read the book you’re referring to, and also talked to women who have been seriously injured by allowing doctors to harvest their eggs. The most common injury among the women I talked to was a loss of their own fertility; also all sorts of various long-term health problems.

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