Friday, August 02, 2013

Comment re Pay-for-Eggs Item and Forbes Article

One of the authors of an op-ed piece in The Sacramento Bee has filed a comment in connection with an item today on the California Stem Cell Report. The item dealt with the California pay-for-eggs bill, which was also the subject of an op-ed piece in The Sacramento Bee as well as an article yesterday on the Forbes magazine website that discussed the op-ed piece critically.

A quotation from the article was contained in this item earlier today.

Here is the text of the comment from Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor of anthropology at UC Berkeley and director of Organs Watch.  Diane Tober, associate executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society of Berkeley, was the other author.
“Dr. Diane Tober and Prof. Nancy Scheper-Hughes  are 'pro choice'  social scientists who are concerned about the absence of any evidence-based medicine on the long term effects of hyper-stimulation for oocyte (egg) production in young women research subjects. We are not concerned about abortion, right to life, or obstructing  needed and valuable research on stem cells. We are concerned about the safety for potential research subjects who are being actively recruited to participate in  invasive medical procedures without any medical research studies on the possible risks and consequences of egg multiplication and extraction. We are on record that we  fully support stem cell research but not at the expense of unprotected egg donors.”  

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