Christian Ethics on Human "Egg Donations"

av0cada's picture

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?


Maria Smith's picture

Lots of pondering to do


Yes there is alot to mull over...

Think of the child who may inherit a medical condition from you that you were not aware of. Think of the child who finds out and wonders about you. What type of social harmony is it doing for him/her?

I don't think God approves of any artificial intervention because then it is not His natural order of things. However, as far as public health.. maybe you are referring to contraception to avoid getting diseases... then what is wrong with this? A possibility of multiple partners or casual sex? Although that is the norm today with the majority of people, then protection is ofcourse needed but what does it speak about morality and the sacredness of sex that should exist within marriage? There are ways to avoid becoming pregnant but if you are worried about safety, then you may stop to consider why you are having this issue outside of a marriage scenario. I am not really preaching, but giving you things to ponder about.

Human ambition is a challenge to God's authority the moment you act as God. Cloning, creating babies in tubes or dishes, implanting babies from one woman to another, having babies way beyond the normal age bearing years (come on a 57 yr old having twins - really fair to those kids, huh?) assiting people to die, condemning someone to the electric chair..... Playing GOD.

Sorry, these are my thoughts - I, too, welcome others...

Yours in Christ,
CCEL Hostess

Yours in Christ,
Maria 玛丽亚
CCEL Hostess