No doubt it is a controversial issue where the egg cell donor will be paid, it has two very contradicting point of view. Lets read what either has to say.
Women could make money by selling their eggs for stem cell research under a proposal by one of the pioneers of Australia’s stem cell regulations.
To open the issue, we would introduce both motions. On one hand paying the donor may lead to malpractices where people would misuse the effort. It may turn into a profit making business and may treat humans as its tool. While on the other hand women being paid may help them economically. So which way to go?
Under present laws it is illegal for women to be paid to donate their eggs to medical research, but the University of Melbourne’s Professor Loane Skene says the regulations need to be overturned to find new cures, the Herald Sun reports.
Prof Skene, who was the Deputy Chair of the high-profile Lockhart Committee, which advised federal Parliament to open up stem cell legislation in 2006, said the invasiveness faced by women during surgery to collect eggs justified the need for donors to be compensated.
“We would be living in a nanny state if we said women may be exploited for being paid for the procedure,” she said.
“People undertake risky jobs every day. This is no different to a consenting adult who knows the risks of surgery making an informed decision.”
Through overseas-based websites women can sell their eggs to infertile women in the US for $1500 to $3000, but Prof Skene said Australians would have to go to the US to be part of the deals.
In Australia, women needing donor eggs to have children cannot even help pay for the donor’s medical expenses.
Last week, New York became the first state in the US to allow scientists to pay women for donating their eggs for use in stem cell research, triggering ethical debate.
Prof Skene said egg donation should be treated differently to other types of human tissue donation because, unlike eggs, organs are rarely donated to a stranger.
She said women should only be allowed to donate eggs once in their lives, and only after they have had their own children.
But Caroline Chisholm Centre for Health Ethics director, Fr Kevin McGovern, said stem cell research advocates were always pushing ethical boundaries and this was a step too far.
“In this global financial crisis paying women to give their eggs could exploit vulnerable women,” he said.
“If there are so many folk in Australia who believe in stem cell research, why don’t they donate their own eggs instead of trying to buy them off others - they should put their eggs where their mouth is.”
Catholic Theological College bioethics lecturer Reverend Dr Norman Ford said egg collection could lead vulnerable women to risk their health.
“We have to be careful not to reduce women down to the level of what we do with other animals such as chooks and birds.”
Monash University Centre for Human Bioethics director Dr Justin Oakley said he agreed with compensating women for egg donations.
“We pay professional athletes such as AFL footballers to take all kinds of risks with their bodies.”
Well thats all about the debate. But which point of view you consider to be more ethical? Do you consider by paying women in liew of the egg cells a professional approach or do you consider it threat towards the society? We would be happy to hear from you too.