In 2007, the New York state legislature, committed $600 million to stem-cell research. Most of the money is ear marked for embryonic stem-cell research. On June 11, 2009, the Empire State Stem-Cell Board, which is responsible for administrating the funds, passed a resolution authorizing up to $10,000 to be used to compensate young women, who donate their eggs for research.
A fire storm was created. Women's health was a big issue. After all, in order for eggs to be harvested, the ovaries have to be stimulated by drugs. These are powerful hormones, and the long-term effects on women's health and future fertility, are not known.
Now, a pro-life feminist group has filed suit to block the use of New York state taxpayer funds, to pay women recruited to donate their eggs for embryonic stem-cell research. Good! Finally, women taking care of women. The suit was filed in New York's Supreme Court last Friday.
The National Institute of Health guidelines for embryonic stem-cell research recommends no payments for egg donor. The National Academies of Sciences Guidelines, also recommend, no payments or in kind cash be paid for egg donation.
Does the Empire state know better?