On Thursday morning, The Washington Post posted an article addressing the risks of egg donation. You can read the article here.
In summary, the article calls egg donation “eugenics on steroids,” citing a recent ad in the Harvard Crimson in which a couple asks for “ a ‘100% Korean woman’ with an excellent education, ‘outstanding’ test scores, ‘extremely healthy family history,’ plus an ‘altruistic nature,’ and a ‘slim build.’” What the article does not address clearly is that this request is clearly an extreme. Yes, writer Melinda Henneberger does casually remark that she knows of a couple that only “had two requirements: that the donor be healthy, and college educated,” but this is tacked on at the end and is addressed as an uncommon occurrence. But the truth is, it’s more common than she makes it out to be.
Clearly, there are also risks associated with egg donation. Henneberger details the unfortunate side effects, as addressed in the documentary “Eggsploitation” by Jennifer Lahl. I have not seen this documentary, so I cannot address its accusations, but from my knowledge, these side effects are extremely rare.
I would like to comment on what the article does not address. Egg donors provide couples who have struggled for years to start a family with what they desire most: a child. These couples have spent thousands of dollars and countless years of their lives to create a family and egg donation may be their last or only option. I would rather not judge a couple on their so-called requirements when in reality all they want is an embryo that will gift them with a healthy boy or girl. I’m sure, if given the choice, many couples would take any child that fits the smallest number of requirements on their list.
Those are just my two cents, but I hope what I have written has given you a better perspective on the subject.