(LA Times) Alan Zarembo–An ethics debate over embryos on the cheap

Dr. Ernest Zeringue was looking for a niche in the cutthroat industry of fertility treatments.

He seized on price, a huge obstacle for many patients, and in late 2010 began advertising a deal at his Davis, Calif., clinic unheard of anywhere else: Pregnancy for $9,800 or your money back….

People buying this option from Zeringue must accept concessions: They have no genetic connection to their children, and those children will probably have full biological siblings born to other parents….

“I am horrified by the thought of this,” said Andrew Vorzimer, a Los Angeles fertility lawyer alarmed that a company ”” not would-be parents ”” controls embryos. “It is nothing short of the commodification of children.”

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3 comments on “(LA Times) Alan Zarembo–An ethics debate over embryos on the cheap

  1. Kendall Harmon says:

    I caught this one on the morning run and when I saw my wife Elizabeth before she left for work later I told her my initial reaction to this article was “Aldous Huxley, call your office.”

  2. Br. Michael says:

    And his point is? It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that this has been coming our way a long time.

  3. dwstroudmd+ says:

    Commodification of children was law writ in Roe vs Wade.