Money Is Not Enough To Get An Egg

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Do you think that the amount of money you pay shows how much you care? If you spend lots of money on something, does it mean that you really love it for the entire life? Maybe for the short-term, it could be the most precious object but it won’t last forever, especially for rich. If a person can afford everything without hesitating or suffering, then this person might think everything is easy to get and is not very precious. Nowadays many couples are infertile and are looking for egg donors to have children. While some people are desperate for the eggs, other people think this process is immoral because it is involved with living things. It is a moral dilemma to buy and sell the egg, and ...view middle of the document...

Cohen says that her genes “weren’t the right material for their chef d’oeuvre” (195). The word, chef d’ oeuvre, means a masterpiece, especially in art. She uses this word to describe the couple’s immoral greed that they want a piece of egg art to raise the baby perfectly. Actually, it is reasonable to choose a perfect egg as long as they decide to buy an egg, but they wanted too much. If the couple wants a good quality egg, it means that they would expect their baby’s well-developed appearance and brain. What if their baby could not meet the couple’s desired condition at all? They would be disappointed with the baby and would not love. Then it ends up with a lack or parental responsibility. In the article, “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” Martin Luther King Jr. talks about “I-it” and “I-thou” relationship. He explains that “I-it” relationship “ends up relegating persons to the status of thing” and “ it is morally wrong and sinful” (167). Like his statement, many donors and buyers treat the eggs as “I-it” relationship. They do not treat egg as human to human, but rather treat it as human to object. Therefore, as people want a better egg, their expectation increases, and their responsibility to take care of child also decreases. Since people want only perfect eggs, they also objectify the living creature.
It is an immoral to sell or buy the egg because most people objectify the egg and treat it as nothing. In Cohen’s article, people not only demand high quality of egg, but also they deteriorate egg quality. Ten years ago, the “doctors took the leftover frozen embryos” without permission and “gave them without consent to other couples” (194). Then Cohen states, “Who can say whether throwing the embryos away would have been any better?” (194). She says it to criticize that those doctors just threw the eggs to any couples and did not treat them as living beings. The article says that on the summer of 2001, it was full of embryo news and the most serious event was about Helen Beasley. Helen Beasley once sued a couple “for parental rights to the twin fetuses she was carrying” because they verbally agreed to abort additional embryos, but the couple did not follow the agreement (194). How could the couple not care about the embryos and just focus on the agreement and money? This case was mainly based on the living things but all they do is judging who is right or wrong? They did not value the egg and treated it as an object. In Michael Pollan’s article, “An Animal’s Place,” he continually says about the animal right. He claims, “Equal consideration of interests is not the same as equal treatment” and continues, “where their interests are the same, the principle of equality demands they receive the same consideration” (207). Therefore, an animal has a right to get the equal treatment as a human get since an animal and a human receive an equal interest. As his opinion, an egg also demands the equal treatment as a living creature. Eggs have a right to be...

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