• Time to Shine the Light on the Dark Side of the Fertility Industry

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    Surge Summary: There are serious drawbacks and consequences to some aspects of the fertility industry, particularly egg harvesting and children’s being born through anonymous donors. These concerns demand attention and transparency.

    by The Ruth Institute

    The Ruth Institute believes every child has a birthright to know their mother and father. Artificial reproduction removes that right.

    This week’s Dr. J Show guest is Jennifer Lahl, who spent 20 years as a pediatric critical care nurse, and is now founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. She writes and testifies frequently on issues of egg and womb trafficking.

    Lahl has been involved in the creation of several documentary films: Lines That Divide: The Great Stem Cell Debate, Eggsploitation, Anonymous Father’s Day (exploring stories of women and men created by anonymous sperm donation), Breeders: A Subclass of Women?, Trans Mission: What’s the Rush to Reassign Gender?, and more. All of these films are available for free at The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network’s YouTube channel.

    One mission of the CBC is to point out ethical issues that aren’t being talked about, such as the million frozen embryos that now exist. “Shouldn’t we as a public get to decide if we want to freeze human embryos for 20, 30, or 40 years, versus, we’re just doing it?” Lahl says. “We were never asked to vote on that.”

    The CBC encourages the public to get involved and to make informed decisions that are in line with their values. “Often people tell me, ‘I didn’t know that. You’ve opened my eyes,’” Lahl says.

    For instance, college women are groomed into selling their eggs in order to pay off student loans. What isn’t talked about is the inability to give these women informed consent. The studies of what happens to them as a result of egg harvesting haven’t been done.

    It’s just like the tobacco industry in the past, Lahl points out. They didn’t want the studies of the consequences of smoking to be done either, for obvious reasons.

    Lahl knows women who have been seriously harmed by selling their eggs, including having strokes. She also believes the practice causes cancer, and is certain it makes it more difficult for women to have children of their own. Many such women were in her film, Eggsploitation.

    “When you look at reproductive fertility medicine, it’s very much like how we treat animals on a farm,” Lahl says, “but the animals are better treated because they have PETA. We need PETA for women.”

    Further, children born through donors must grapple with the discovery of their mom or dad not being their biological parent and the knowledge that they have multiple frozen siblings. They are denied part of their medical history. They worry they may fall in love with a half-sibling. They also struggle with the fact that their lives were purchased as part of a commercial arrangement.

    As a society, we assume that it won’t matter, that the kids are all right, but many of them are not all right, Morse says. Her pamphlet, Children and Donor Conception and Assisted Reproduction, shows many of these consequences.

    Learn more about the dark side of the fertility industry in this video.

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    Image: Adapted from: Merlilindberg – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59015040

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