Sunday, 13 May 2012

SPUC comment on Cambridge cash-for-eggs story

The leaflet
The British media have reported this weekend that a company leafleted thousands of students at Cambridge university, offering them £750 to 'donate' their eggs - see yesterday's Daily Mail for more detail. Anthony Ozimic, SPUC's communications manager, told the media yesterday that such advertising:
  • represents an unacceptable commodification of procreation, violating international norms against the commercialisation of the human body, its tissues and organs
  • exploits cash-strapped students at a formative time (late teens/early 20s) in their adult development and in their values, hopes and feelings about parenthood
  • serves the vested interests of the IVF industry, which puts profits and kudos above the welfare of patients.
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