2006 Senate write-in candidate Christine O’Donnell has a column in this morning’s News Journal which details the objections of a liberal women’s group (Hands Off Our Ovaries) to Senate Bill 5.
The objections are real and legitimate. As O’Donnell notes:
-SB5 legalizes cloning by pretending to ban it.
- the human eggs needed for cloning and embryo research cannot be created
The second point shows that there will be exploitation of women for their ovaries, especially of poor women as businesses seek to pay women to extract their ovaries. The methods used to extract the ovaries come with harmful side effects for women:
- One out of three harvested women face complications associated with hyper- stimulation, the process used to take her eggs.
- One out of 20 harvested women face severe complications including respiratory failure, loss of limbs and even death
HandsOffOurOvaries.com has documentation backing up these points. O’Donnell summarizes the potential risk and extensive scope the demand for ovaries will entail:
In a perfect world, measures to protect women’s health would be unopposed. By law, egg donors would be informed of the risks they face and egg purchasers would not medically abandon the donors when complications arise.
Yet, even in this perfect world of egg harvesting, millions of eggs are needed to conduct the proposed embryo research. Every woman in America will need to sell her eggs.
The high demand for human eggs will fuel the emerging black market that profits from the exploitation of young women in Eastern Europe, Korea and other struggling nations. It is as horrifying as sex trafficking or sweatshops in which corporations capitalize on others’ suffering.
She concludes her article saying:
Don’t be fooled into dismissing medical risks as pro-life propaganda. Although I rarely agree with those who see abortion as a rite of passage, I proudly stand with them on this: The debate over embryonic stem cell research is about women’s reproductive health, not a pro-life or pro-choice.
The more I read about embryonic stem cell research, the more I realize how awful it truly is.