Tuesday, March 27, 2007
Selling Human Eggs for Cloning - Feinstein/Hatch Bill
S. 812, the Feinstein/Hatch U.S. Senate bill that should be called, as Wesley J. Smith points out, "The Human Cloning Authorization Act" which, if passed will permit human egg buying for the purpose of cloning.
When you read the bill, on one hand it says –"Prohibition on Purchase or Sale--No human oocyte or unfertilized blastocyst [meaning cloned embryo] may be acquired, received, or otherwise transferred for valuable consideration if the transfer affects interstate commerce.” Sounds good? Wait...Section 2(C)(ii) says - "...does not include payments to compensate a donor of one or more human oocytes for the time or inconvenience associated with such donation." So, the eggs themselves cannot be purchased, but the woman egg donor could be paid to compensate for her discomfort, inconvenience and, as Smith points out, "time she spends in being super-ovulated to produce the eggs that cannot be purchased."
I’m so thankful for people such as Jennifer Lahl of the Center for Bioethics and Culture who will be the speaker at our WT luncheon on April 14th, and for Wesley J. Smith who we had on the show on Monday for dissenting bills and proposals and bringing out the truth on these issues.
Hear show with Wesley J. Smith on Assisted Suicide(See 3/26/07)