A Bug's Life 01-Flik the Inventor

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Donors: Egg and Sperm Egg donors are altruists; sperm donors are in it for the money. This view is reinforced throughout the donor world. When Yale sociologist Rene Almeling studied a variety of egg agencies and sperm banks,100 she found that clinics emphasized that egg donation involves caring and helping others, and tried to encourage feelings of altruism even though, as with sperm “donation,” this too involves money. ’”102 By contrast to the recruitment of egg donors, sperm donor solicitation is far more explicitly mercenary.

To help in explaining how clinics should implement these mandatory screening requirements, the Food and Drug Administration has also issued a “guidance” document that suggests how to determine donor eligibility. It has the enticing title Guidance for Industry: Eligibility Determination for Donors of Human Cells, Tissues, and Cellular and Tissue-Based Products (HCT/Ps). 84 There has been an increasing amount of review of establishments,85 although there is no way to verify much of the information that donors provide.

110 After Ruth Ragan donated eggs, like most donors, she never found out whether any children had been conceived; when 30 << Peopling the Donor World she sees “awful parents” at a playground, she worries that her eggs may have been used to produce their victimized children. And she has changed: Over the years, thoughts about the happiness, safety and well-being of any donor-conceived children have slowly crept into my head, but it wasn’t until I became a mother that they invaded. Between age 24 and 39 I changed; I became more loyal, more responsible, more patient and less of a risk-taker.

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