Good SAT Scores and Eggs Don’t Correlate

Posted On March 26th, 2010

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Yes, top students reap rich rewards, even as egg donors

Here is one response to the Hastings Center Report that studied advertisements for egg donors.

People with access to expensive IVF treatments tend to be more educated, and are typically looking for donors similar to them. The SAT is the handiest objective barometer of intellectual abilities, so scores can be an important search criterion for some prospective parents.

However,  there is no concrete evidence that egg donors with high SAT scores produce smarter children. Furthermore, there is no evidence that egg donors with high SAT scores have better cycles (resulting in live births) than women with average scores.

Offering more than the ASRM-established limit of $10,000 is not only unethical but a waste of money. As IVF patients come to realize the hard way, paying more does not always mean getting more. These outrageous offers can only provoke unwanted government regulation. They are bad for individual patients as well as for the industry as a whole, and should be discouraged by all ASRM members (doctors, lawyers, agencies).

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