Crib Sheet: Hyperstimulating the Controversy

The ethics of the egg-donor business, despite conservative warnings, has little bearing on embryonic stem cell research.

Current concerns among lawmakers, advocacy groups and the media over the exploitation of, and dangers posed to, egg donors are misleading the public into thinking the issue has a strong connection to embryonic stem cell (ESC) research. Opponents of ESC research have attempted to twist the issue of egg donors to reflect negatively on the research and have found unusual allies in women’s health groups with genuine concerns regarding the egg donation process, such as Our Bodies Ourselves.

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Sam Berger

Former Vice President, Democracy and Government Reform