US - Reproductive 'tourism' .... Babies "R" Us?

"the USA dubbed the Wild West of reproductive technology by bioethicist Arthur Caplan there's an abundance of egg donors who set their own fees as well as a plethora of IVF clinics in many states, which makes pregnancy for even the postmenopausal a possibility. About 50% of IVF procedures using fresh embryos from donor eggs in 2002 resulted in a live birth, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Costs including drugs, IVF and donor compensation start at around $20,000 and vary widely from clinic to clinic."

Five years ago, 16% of donor-egg recipients who came to the Center for Fertility and Reproductive Endocrinology at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle were Canadian. Today, it's 33%. Couples from abroad, typically Australia and the U.K., account for about 10 of the 100 couples each year assisted by Tiny Treasures, a Somerville, Mass.-based egg donation agency. Three years ago, just one or two clients weren't from the USA. - Reproductive 'tourism':

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