egg donor compensation

In Beyond Compensation:  Egg Donor Expenses and Financial Liability (1 of 3), we claimed to stand against penalty clauses in egg donor contracts. Here is why.

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kuczynski new york times magazine surrogacy

Amy Benfer’s piece in Salon yesterday questioned the editorial logic behind the Times publication of Kuczynski’s article, but concluded that it was at least honest in choosing not to mitigate the writer’s vanity, selfishness, and sense of entitlement. She had a slightly more generous attitude toward Kuczynski than many of her readers, as well as Thomas Frank, who wrote in today’s Wall Street Journal (!) that Kuczynski’s surrogacy is the ultimate act of capitalist exploitation, proving the end of our love affair with the rich. As if these were bad things. (And his opinion is surrounded by articles about a $500 billion stimulus package, a car industry bailout, and ads for luxury watches, jewelry, and diamonds.) Really, Tom, you give Kuczynski too much credit.

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anderson cooper egg donation cnn

Date: Monday, December 10Time: 10:00 PM<Click to watch the CNN video, Egg Donors on the Rise> Tune to CNN for Anderson Coopers coverage of egg donation, which features Northeast Assisted Fertility Group:

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cnn video egg donation

CNN video: Egg Donors on the Rise click the Play button below to watch:The CNN segment on egg donation (Egg Donors on the Rise) was pretty fair, but it left some large components out of the story:

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egg donation and the economy

I have been fielding inquiries from reporters recently about the whether the current economic downturn is driving women to be egg donors. Although it makes sensationalistic news copy and sounds plausible, there is no way to draw any convincing conclusions from the actual statistics. According to the CDC, the most reliable source for assisted reproductive technology statistics in the US, the number of fresh donor egg cycles has been steadily increasing every year, irrespective of the state of the economy. [In 2005, the latest year for which complete statistics were posted, there were nearly 10,000 fresh (as opposed to frozen) donor egg cycles in the US.]

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