Unknown Risks

Most every young woman on a college campus will see an ad encouraging her to help someone else build a family. The ad’s sponsor will offer significant sums of money in exchange for the co-ed providing her eggs. Then, individuals desiring to use IVF to create children will be able to purchase those eggs.

Typically, the young woman will be told that there is either no or very little risk to her undergoing a medical procedure to have her eggs extracted. Yet, the truth is that the risks haven’t been studied.

Take for example, Jessica who died of colon cancer in her early 30’s with no known risk factors. An invasive medical procedure had extracted her eggs three separate times. Watch her story here.

Another study reported on several young women who contracted breast cancer after providing eggs for IVF procedures.

The risks are unknown.

Complications are not being tracked or reported.

In Arizona, a CAP-supported law (ARS 36-1702) specifies minimal informed consent information be provided to any woman before any medical procedure begins.

Yet that law acknowledges the lack of study of risks by requiring the egg donor be given notice that she “cannot be completely informed of all potential risks or effects because all potential risks or effects and the magnitude of those risks or effects may not be known.”

Women deserve better.

For more information on this topic, visit Center for Bioethics and Culture.

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