announced that it is considering tripling payments to women who donate
Currently egg donors are paid approximately £250 for their donation,
but it is hoped that increasing payments might encourage more women to
For me this raises huge questions as to whether we are turning
potential children into commodities.
Egg donation is considered to be a selfless and altruistic act,
entered into by women who want to be able to give an infertile couple
the chance of having a child. The current payment is considered
enough to cover costs such as travel costs. But if this sum is
increased then surely it becomes questionable as to whether it is in
fact a donation or whether women are in fact then selling their eggs.
There are many countries where women are paid for their eggs, and this is seen as controversial because many of these women are poor and this is their only means of making some money. Therefore it is not unreasonable to suggest that many of these women are exploited by the fertility clinics, who pay them a small amount of money for their eggs while taking vast sums from the desperate couples who travel there in order to receive fertility treatments.