July 23, 2009 |
On July 11, Maria del Camen Bousada de Lara, a Spanish woman who 2 1/2 years ago briefly became the "world's oldest mom" when she gave birth to twin boys at age 67, died of cancer. A recipient of donor eggs and sperm at a Los Angeles fertility clinic, she had told doctors she was 55, the maximum age for partnerless in-vitro fertilization patients at that clinic.
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December 8, 2007 |
The particulars of Alexandra Gammelgard's egg donations are a bit of a blur to her. Between the ages 18 and 21, she donated to at least four infertile couples, using two, maybe three, agencies that paid her from $5,000 to $15,000 for each donation. She was trying to pay for her education at UC San Diego and didn't keep track of the details. "The college years of your life go by so fast, and you do so many crazy, random things that it's hard to remember it all," Gammelgard, now 23, says.
February 24, 2007 |
The British government has approved a plan to compensate women who donate eggs for stem cell research, an action that scientists hope will improve the limited supply of eggs. Women getting fertility treatments will receive a discount if they donate eggs for research, authorities said Wednesday. Others will receive up to about $490 for each fertilization cycle to cover costs such as travel or lost work time. The eggs would be used to create cloned embryos, with the hope of extracting stem cells.
October 30, 2006 |
Chad and David Craig fidgeted in the waiting room like expectant fathers, which is, after all, what they were. Just down the hall, in a sterile surgical suite, a young woman they had met only once had her legs up in stirrups. Dr. Suheil J. Muasher, a fertility specialist, gripped a long silver needle between his right thumb and forefinger and twirled it gently as he guided it through her vaginal wall and into her right ovary. "It's full of follicles," he said approvingly, glancing at an ultrasound monitor to track the needle's path.
October 29, 2006 |
CHAD HODGE LIKED #694. She was a 21-year-old college student, 5-feet-5, 135 pounds, with straight brown hair, blue eyes and a narrow nose. She had won 16 awards in high school for academics and music, and scored a 1210 on the SAT. She was outgoing, intelligent, responsible and friendly, or at least she said she was. Chad wanted her to be the mother of his children. But David Craig, Chad's partner of seven years, had his heart set on #685.
October 29, 2006 |
WHEN the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court voted to legalize gay marriage in 2003, its opinion rested squarely on the argument that determining the best interests of a child "does not turn on a parent's sexual orientation or marital status." Three years later, the top court in neighboring New York also cited the welfare of children -- but took precisely the opposite stance.