Classic Miranda, 2006: IT’S ironic that the most passionate proponents of embryo cloning are women such as Senators Natasha Stott Despoja and Kay Patterson. As the therapeutic cloning bill is debated in the House of Representatives this week, feminists are right behind it. Yet where will scientists get the thousands of human eggs they need for experiments? Few women will line up for debilitating hyper-ovulation hormones just to donate eggs for ethically questionable research. As Women’s Forum Australia pointed out in its Senate inquiry submission, egg shortages will leave women open to exploitation and raise the unsavoury prospect of harvesting eggs from dead women or aborted female foetuses.
—  Or they’ll come from woman donating their leftover eggs from IVF treatment. Otherwise those eggs end up going down the sink anyway.