Christian Ethics on Human "Egg Donations"

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One night, I was perusing Craigs List when I came across an ad for female egg donors. The compensation was pretty good for going to the hospital every so often and knowing you're helping a couple form a family - and very good for a poor university student like me.

Yet what does the Bible say on this issue? The closest analogy I found was in the Old Testament where Sara made her handmaid, Hagar, bear a child for Abraham in her name... The result was devastating for all involved - partly because of the slave society and the primogeniture times they lived in. Historically, today's Israel and Palestine conflict is said to be traced back to the moment of Hagar's conception.

But child-conceiving efforts seem to take a more positive reception in today's Western culture that embraces individuality more than family values. And biblically, they seem to fall in the gray category because female egg donors can anonymously donate their eggs without fornicating or committing adultery per se because the process itself is surgical in nature. Plus, they say they feel "fulfilled" helping a sterile couple to bear children.

So I'm interested to know: what are your thoughts on this? And what would God's thoughts be in light of His Word?

Shalom,
Av0cada

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Thanks Maria

Thanks for finding such an apt article to this issue and also for giving your own input. No offense taken, by the way. :)

It's given me a lot to mull over (not that I'm still considering to donate ovums since it's like giving away my own child.)

Anyway, instead of coming to some conclusions, more questions have sprung up - like how much artificial intervention God approves in His natural order and where He draws the line. Could it be considered sin if it doesn't harm anyone but rather strengthens social harmony and public health? Could anything like that be akin to the unholy ambitions of the people who built the Tower of Babel? Or when does human ambition become a challenge to God's authority?

I feel like there's no blanket answer but your thoughts are much appreciated.

Shalom,
Av0cada

Shalom,
Av0cada




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