View Full Version : Women touting their bodies to sell dream of the perfect child

03-18-2006, 09:49 AM
THE unnamed women post their photographs and vital statistics on the internet to sell their services.
No 844, a 26-year-old aspiring banker of English descent with a 34in bust, straight brown hair and high cheekbones, whose brother is an air force intelligence officer, describes herself as “attractive, easygoing, humorous, intelligent, and well-rounded”. She says that she loves horseriding and Pretty Woman, the film starring Julia Roberts.

No 650, a married 32-year-old law student with two children who has blue eyes, brown hair and a 30in waist, plays the piano and enjoys rock climbing, claims that she is “energetic, happy, honest, intelligent, and thoughtful”. Her favourite animal: a salmon.

These women, and dozens of others listed on the website of the Genetics & IVF Institute, in Washington, are not exactly selling their bodies. They are offering their eggs for a fee.

The growing practice of egg donation in America is in the spotlight because of a new book by Debora Spar, of Harvard Business School, called The Baby Business.

“We are selling components of children,” Professor Spar said yesterday. “My whole argument is I would much rather we ’fess up to what we are doing and regulate it than push it under the carpet, as we have been doing with egg donation.”

As other countries tighten their rules, America’s loosely regulated market is becoming the world centre for egg donation. The Government’s Centres for Disease Control and Prevention has tracked a 40 per cent surge in the use of donor eggs, from 10,389 in 2000 to 14,323 in 2003, the latest year for which figures are available. Stem-cell research, still in its infancy, could add to demand for donor eggs.


03-18-2006, 10:31 AM
Atleast "perfect" is not equated with blonde hair and blue eyes.