Egg Donation for IVF and Stem Cell Research: Time to Weigh the Risks to Women's Health
Egg Donation for IVF and Stem Cell Research: Time to Weigh the Risks to Women’s Health
Judy Norsigian, Spring 2005
Because there is now significant debate about embryo stem cell research, and because one type of embryo stem cell research ("somatic cell nuclear transfer" or SCNT) requires women volunteers to undergo egg extraction to produce eggs for research purposes, there is renewed attention to the larger question of risks to women's health from egg extraction procedures. These procedures are the same whether performed for reproductive purposes - as is the case in an infertility clinic where women undergo "in vitro fertilization" (IVF) procedures - or performed for research purposes, as is now being proposed in a number of states pursuing embryo cloning as part of a larger plan to expand stem cell research.