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Good SAT Scores Lead To Higher Egg Donor Prices 175

Posted by samzenpus
from the golden-parachute-eggs dept.
alphadogg writes "Analysis from Georgia Institute of Technology of college newspaper egg donor ads showed that higher payments offered to egg donors correlated with higher SAT scores. 'Holding all else equal, an increase of 100 SAT points in the score of a typical incoming student increased the compensation offered to oocyte donors at that college or university by $2,350,' writes researcher Aaron D. Levine in a paper published in the March-April issue of the Hastings Center Report. Concerned about eggs being treated as commodities, and worried that big financial rewards could entice women to ignore the risks of the rigorous procedures required for harvesting, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine discourages compensation based on donors' personal characteristics. The society also discourages any payments over $10,000."
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Good SAT Scores Lead To Higher Egg Donor Prices

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  • Duh (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Colonel Korn (1258968) on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:18PM (#31660942)

    Back in college our daily newspaper had standing offers in the $15-50k range for eggs of a woman above a certain height, below a certain weight, and above a certain SAT score.

  • DON'T DO IT (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 29, 2010 @03:20PM (#31660970)
    DO NOT donate sperm, it can bite you in the ass later. There have been court cases where the mother who was artificially inseminated with donated sperm was later able to track down the man who donated the sperm, and successfully sue him for child support.

    This is just another example of where the family court system is biased against men. Women automatically get custody of children, or more custody than the man, unless they are on crack or something and this can be proven. Alimony is a total insult; it's the notion that a woman has a legal right to get used to a particular lifestyle that her husband provided, and therefore her former husband has to pay her money after the divorce to make sure she doesn't have to get used to what her income alone can provide. If that was really fair, the woman would have to continue having sex with the man after the divorce, since that was the lifestyle he was used to when married, but fairness is not the goal here. Imagine a couple suing the female egg donor for child support after using her egg to produce a baby. It would be laughed out of court. But women have successfully sued men for child support for donating sperm.

    Warning to men - it might look like easy money for something you do anyway (masturbating) but seriously, it's a bad idea.
  • by fahrbot-bot (874524) on Monday March 29, 2010 @04:24PM (#31661730)

    ...he wasn't always a bumbling idiot...

    I don't know about that. This link, The Resume of George W. Bush (the early years) [monkeydyne.com], from another follow-up post, would seem to indicate otherwise. I can't authenticate its accuracy, but have seen some of the items listed in other articles.

  • by sarysa (1089739) on Monday March 29, 2010 @04:59PM (#31662202)
    For some weird reason, I'm irked by the standard disclaimer in the article that discourages egg donation for (implied) paying your way through college. Risky as any surgical procedure may be, it's a far cry from any Ayn-Rand-gone-amuk dystopian cliche.

    (says one geek with laissez-faire ethics...)
  • Re:DON'T DO IT (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Pamplona Slowpoke (1130755) on Monday March 29, 2010 @05:33PM (#31662674)

    Alimony is a total insult; it's the notion that a woman has a legal right to get used to a particular lifestyle that her husband provided, and therefore her former husband has to pay her money after the divorce to make sure she doesn't have to get used to what her income alone can provide.

    Put the shoe on the other foot. I married my ex right out of college. She went to medical school and I started work doing contract programming starting in 1995. I did really well through Y2K and on into 2003. I quit working when our son was born and she only had 6 months left of a general surgery residency at the Mayo Clinic. Afterwords we moved to her home town in rural Montana. 4 years later she and one of the orthopedic surgeons in town become an item.

    During the 9 years she went to medical school and residency I earned $855,000 more than her. The legal term for that is a reduced marital estate due to her deferring income for a greater income in the future.

    There is no demand for programmers here in Montana and I am making about 28% what I was able to previously. Do I deserve alimony so I can defer my income for 4 to 6 years to gain a skill that does have demand in here where I live so I can live in the same town as my son? Yes I do.

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