The CBC is about to release a new documentary—Eggsploitation—about the IVF and biotechnology industries’ exploitation of women for their eggs, and the dangers donors face. From the film’s new Web site:
The infertility industry in the United States has grown to a multi-billion dollar business. What is its main commodity? Human eggs. Young women all over the world are solicited by adsvia college campus bulletin boards, social media, online classifiedsoffering up to $100,000 for their “donated” eggs, to “help make someone’s dream come true.” But who is this egg donor? Is she treated justly? What are the short- and long-term risks to her health? The answers to these questions will disturb you . . .
Produced by The Center for Bioethics and Culture (Lines That Divide, 2009), Eggsploitation spotlights the booming business of human eggs told through the tragic and revealing stories of real women who became involved and whose lives have been changed forever.
Here are a few clips:
I haven’t seen the film yet (I am in it.), but I predict it will make needed waves! I can hardly wait.
(Full disclosure: I am compensated as a special consultant for the Center for Bioethics and Culture.)