January 17, 2020

Genetic Researchers Paid Women to be Artificially Inseminated so they Could Study Embryos.

A recent study led by CooperGenomics reproductive geneticist Santiago Munne took advantage of impoverished women by paying them to be artificially inseminated. Living embryos were flushed from their bodies and studied for the purpose of developing a new method of fertilization that is cheaper than in vitro fertilization, while also allowing doctors to destroy embryos with certain genetic conditions.

“What this essentially does is use a woman’s body as a petri dish,” Laurie Zoloth, a bioethicist at the University of Chicago, told NPR. “And there’s something about that that seems so profoundly disturbing.”

This study further stigmatizes genetic conditions, takes advantage of impoverished women by allowing them to sell their bodies for much-needed income, and even paid for the abortion of any children whose embryos weren't flushed from their mother's body.

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