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2017 Journal Article

"Long-Term Breast Cancer Risk Following Ovarian Stimulation in Young Egg Donors: A Call for Follow-up, Research, and Informed Consent" by Jennifer Schneider, Jennifer Lahl, and Wendy Kramer. In Reproductive BioMedicine Online, Vol. 34 (2017) 480-485.

Here is an earlier version of the paper and its related table (PDF). We think it’s important to get this out there because we had significant difficulty getting this article published; after an initial outright rejection, we had to go through multiple revisions and requests to eliminate material which we felt was essential to the paper. We had doubts along the way about whether this paper would ever be accepted because it emphasizes the need for egg donor registries.

The main take-home messages of both versions are the same:

(1)There have been no long-term follow-up of egg donors, with the result that, so many years after the beginning of hormonal stimulation for egg donation, we still do not know if there are any long-term health risks such as various cancers or infertility for the young women who donated eggs.

(2) Young women who are told that “there are no known long-term risks” often do not understand that this does NOT mean “There ARE no long-term risks” and do not realize that this is uncharted territory.

The solution is (1) To implement egg-donor registries and begin long-term studies of these women and (2) Meanwhile, begin to provide straightforward information to potential donors about the fact that currently we DO NOT KNOW what the risks are. What is different about this early version is that it includes additional perspectives directed at an American audience, in that pages 14-17 speak more to institutions such as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH), and to the need for American organizations such as SART and ASRM to provide more transparent "informed consent” forms to donors. These statements were removed from the final version. I was also asked to remove the last sentence (about informed consent) in case D and also the quote in the description of case E, regarding her experience at the IVF clinic.

 

Maggie's Story

Maggie’s Story is an all new documentary short that follows one woman’s journey of learning about “helping” others have a child they desperately want, what she discovered in becoming an egg donor, and the consequences that followed. Maggie was told how special she was, but she was never informed of the risks egg donation posed to her own health and well being. She was used repeatedly for others’ gain, but when things turned bad, she was left on her own to navigate tests, treatments, surgeries, and an unknown prognosis.

Maggie’s Story is available on demand right here:

For more visit http://www.cbc-network.org/maggie/

 

Worldwide Human Egg Laws

Worldwide Human Egg Laws by Comment on Reproductive Ethics

 

Study Guide

Think Again: A Study Guide on the Legal, Medical, and Ethical Questions of Third Party Reproduction is intended for a wide audience as we aim to meet the needs of high school groups, university students, law groups, church groups, and any other group interested in the issues of third party reproduction. Most importantly, the study guide is available for FREE in order to maximize distribution and use. You can download it here.

Fact Sheet

Here is a two-page fact sheet highlighting and providing references to medical and scientific literature on issues that arise in third-party reproduction. The information is divided into three sections that address (1) health and psychological risks to women serving as egg vendors or surrogates, (2) health and psychological risks to the children born via third party reproductive arrangements, and (3) serious problems associated with the commercialization of conception.

Legislative Packet

CBC Legislative Packet: Egg Donation (Click to Download)

Egg Donor Stories and Testimony

 

International News

India: 17-yr-old Egg Donor Dead: Not much is known about Sushma Pandey’s death, except that she was 17 years old, died suddenly and had visited a fertility clinic just two days earlier — at least the third time she was doing so in 18 months.
Continue Reading at The Indian Express . . .

Our Press Release in Response—Worldwide Eggsploitation: Egg Donation and Exploitation of Young Women Results in Death
Yet another wake up call to the truth of the real, repeat, and often lethal harms of invasive egg removal procedures, which masquerade under the lie of donation. These transactions are anything but "donations" as young females -- nearly children themselves -- all over the world, desperately fall prey to offers of money like those made to Ms. Pandey.
Continue Reading at PR Newswire . . .

 

Additional Resources

Accuracy in Media Eggsploitation Exposed

Daily Mail "The brutal fertility factories trading on British mothers' dreams"

Press Release: "Eggsploitation to Premiere on Capitol Hill"

Press Release: "New Documentary . . ."

FAQ

Glossary of Terms

Summary of State Laws Regarding Egg Harvesting

What People Are Saying About Eggsploitation 

 

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