Err, why?

Currently the Human Fertility and Embryology Authority (HFEA) imposes a £250 cap on payments so as to avoid commercialising the procedure.

\”We are suggesting moving closer to the Spanish system. But there is no suggestion of adopting the US model where a good-looking girl with a degree can get $30,000 (£19,000) for her eggs.\”

But the low payment is thought to be behind a shortage in egg and sperm donation which is driving infertile women and men to overseas – often unregulated – clinics, according to research.

Now the HFEA is considering adopting the Spanish system which would see the payment cap lifted to £800.

\”We want to review egg donation,\” Professor Lisa Jardine, the chair of the HFEA told the Sunday Times.

Why won\’t you move to the American system?

You\’ve already bought into the idea that people are, at least in part, motivated by money. So why not allow an open market?

If you allow payments that are too high then the principle of donation is lost.

You, the \”ethical\” bureaucrats, may think that the principle of \”donation\” is very important but:

The number of women registered as egg donors has risen slightly from 946 in 1998 to 1,150 now. The real problem is that the number of women wanting fertility treatment has risen much faster than this.

It seems that of the 25 million odd women in the country 24,998,850 disagree with you.

What the fuck is it with these people that makes them assume that their distaste for trade is shared by everyone else?

For that\’s what it is, it\’s just that old English nonsense that bringing money into things is just not done.

It\’s absurd, we\’re so short of men willing to toss off into plastic cups that sperm is imported wholesale from Denmark.

5 thoughts on “Err, why?”

  1. This may be urban legend, but I was under the impression that the shortage of sperm-donors in the UK was a result of the CSA going after a few identifiable donors for maintenance payments…?

  2. I seem to remember being put off when they decided that the offspring of donated sperm would have a fundamental right to know the identity of the donor.

  3. The offspring do have that legal right now, and the advent of that legislation corresponded with the sharp reduction in sperm donation.

    Not content with blocking the natural rights of donors to receive a market price for the service they are providing, the busybodies have actually brought in a punishment, in the form of the potential materialisation of an angry messed-up youngster on the doorstep in twenty years time.

    A free market would be more moral, and humane, than the mess these prodnoses have imposed.

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