Commercialization of Gametes. This paper describes the debate about women selling their eggs (gametes) for money. It includes many points about why one would be against such a practice.

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"Commercialization of Gametes"

"Brainy Beauties Finance College by Selling Their Eggs" is the headline of one Internet source taken from a bulletin board at a prestigious college. College students are being offered thousands of dollars to donate eggs to infertile couples due to their brains and beauty. Some women are making this procedure, which can be extremely painful, a habit in order to finance their college education. Some people, especially athletes, brilliant scientists, models, singers, and actors/actresses, are being paid in sums of $150,000 or more for donating sperm or eggs to couples who cannot conceive on their own!

This is wrong for a number of reasons. It excludes the poorer people who cannot conceive from being able to receive eggs or sperm because of the high cost. A poorer couple would not be able to afford to pay $3,000 for gametes; so therefore, they are left without a chance to conceive.

This leads to the fact that some people are turning selling gametes into a money making "business." Some women (from a number of Internet sources) have been reported to undergo this "egg retrieval" procedure a number of times to finance college or make money to pay back debts. (This mostly occurred with women in Ivy League schools who could not afford the tuition or loan payments.) It is no longer about donating to help people, but a (painful) way to earn extra cash.

It is illegal in this country to sell human organs for any reason. Kidneys and other human organs are not legally sold due to fear that people will undergo these risky and painful procedures simply to gain extra money or pay debts that they have incurred. Why are eggs and sperm any different? They shouldn't be. If a transplant is needed, the doctors try to...