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Infertility Clinic Raffles Off A Human Egg As Grand Prize

I’ll tell you what I don’t want to win as a raffle prize: another woman’s egg to implant in my uterus. In what can only be described as a serious lapse in judgment, a fertility clinic in the U.K. decided to have a raffle with the grand prize being an opportunity to experience the miracle of life via IVF with a human egg of their choosing. I wonder what the runner-up gets. A test tube of sperm?

The reasoning behind this contest? To promote IVF. Translation: to keep up with the American infertility market, to get more broads to donate eggs, and to make more money off of rich, infertile couples. In addition to the free IVF procedure worth about $18,000, the lucky winner will be able to view childhood pictures of potential donors before choosing one based on the mother’s profession, ethnic background, hair color, qualifications, and upbringing. Natch, the treatment will take place in America to bypass stringent British fertility laws. Of course, fertility organizations in the U.K. (and I) find this glorified ad campaign deplorable, but the fertility clinic defends its actions. “All we are trying to is to react to changes in supply and demand and help [infertile women],” they said. The Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority say the raffle, and the partnership with the U.S. clinic, is “perfectly legal.” [Daily Mail]

Sure, it may be legal, but it just seems so wrong to me. I’m all for IVF as an option for infertile couples, but to raffle off an egg? It seems to imply that having children is some kind of flippant game. Am I overacting? What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments.

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