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Opening Arguments

Brave new world

The slope, she is slippery:

New York has become the first state to allow taxpayer-funded researchers to pay women for giving their eggs for embryonic stem cell research, a move welcomed by many scientists but condemned by critics who fear it will lead to the exploitation of vulnerable women.

The Empire State Stem Cell Board, which decides how to spend $600 million in state funding for stem cell studies, will allow researchers to compensate women up to $10,000 for the time, discomfort and expenses associated with donating eggs for experiments.

This wasn't supposed to happen, was it? All those who argued that we were headed this way were dismissed as being part of the religious-nut crowd. Or isn't $10,000 enough to persuade a woman to get pregnant just so she can donate the embryo? Can I order my body parts now?


Bob G.
Fri, 06/26/2009 - 9:35am

...And I heard they're also paying teen girls $1 (maybe not in NYC) for every day they DO NOT get pregnant...imagine that.
(the money goes into a collge fuind, fortunately).

Will someone puh-lease stop the insanity?

Fri, 06/26/2009 - 10:01am

Free markets! Freedom to contract! This, my friends, smells like liberty.

tim zank
Mon, 06/29/2009 - 12:50pm

Doug, I'm not sure if that's liberty I smell or the impending odor of soylent green.

Actually the "pay for designer babies" program kind of reminds me of a more sophisticated version of "The Boys From Brazil" starring Gregory Peck. Pretty much fiction until a couple of years ago.

What could possibly go wrong?