Great article. You’ll remember Brittany Maynard as the young woman who killed herself recently, after being diagnosed with a brain tumour. The author of this piece asks important questions about how it is she may have gotten this brain tumour. We can’t say for sure, is the bottom line, but the questions are worth asking.
I happened to meet the author at a conference last weekend. I don’t think Canada has the same issue with widespread egg donation. If we do, I haven’t heard of it. I’m also not in the demographic where people would donate eggs. I’m in the demographic where people hold on to their eggs and hope they can still have children. My demographic may think they should use an egg donor if they can’t have kids, but I think that is the wrong course of action, because it encourages a young woman to wait to have kids, as if she had forever. It is sad to encourage young women to do something apparently altruistic, so that they can find out later they can’t have their own children. My demographic should not be responsible for perpetuating the problem for younger folks.
Anyways, I think Canada outlaws payment for egg donation. Am I right? Which is good, since even this free marketeer believes stridently that bodies and their parts ought never be for sale.by