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Stanford, Human Eggs and the Church

     From Buenos Aires, Ambassador Raśl Estrada-Oyuela sends me a release put out by the Zenit News Service. It refers to an advertisement in the Stanford Daily by Egg Donor, a Los Angeles operation. It offered double the usual amount ($3,500) for the eggs of a white woman under thirty in excellent physical condition (tall, athletic, intelligent, etc.) I remember seeing the advertisement, but, since I am not in the running, I skipped over it. How many Stanford coeds rushed to answer the ad I do not know.
     Zenit says it was all a trick by fashion photographer Ron Harris, who has started his own internet page. However, more puzzling are the theological aspects. The project is supposedly sponsored by Families 2000, an organization founded by Christian women who are struggling against infertility. Zenit warns that this is contrary to article 2378 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, from which it quotes. I am not an authority on this; I do not even have a copy of it. Many churches, including Protestant ones, have catechisms. In the United States the Catholic Church commonly uses the Baltimore Catechism (1885). Since the article referred to predates artificial insemination, Zenit concludes that it was "prophetic." I am sure the Stanford Daily did not know that the ad was in violation of it.

Ronald Hilton - 2/13/00