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"using a new transplant method involving umbilical cord blood"

Which as I learned recently, they aren't paying women for. Using us as a free resource yet again. The hospital won't let you take it (unless you practically steal it), but won't pay you for it either. Everything from stem cells and placenta, to now this it looks like. But, aside the fact women aren't being paid for it, it's turning women's bodies and parts into another commodity.

I was thinking today how about how this is a new reason men will force women to carry pregnancies to term and create a legal and economic setup where more and more women will become "surrogates." So women's bodies can be mined/farmed for cord blood and placentas along with babies.

Since this story involves HIV specifically, I also immediately thought of all the rich gay men who are already paying poor women to bear children for them, or planning to do so. In the US, these guys make a point of using contracts that deny the women dignity and basic rights. Now I bet these guys will put in clauses saying that it's not just the baby a "surrogate" gives birth to that belongs to the men - the cord, cord blood and placenta will be theirs for the taking too.

Generally anti-abortion people also do not support this kind of research.

They let you take it but need to pay a third party service that stores it for you. It’s like $1k at least. I’m upset that I have to pay to keep tissue from my own body that could be used to help me or my family but complete strangers with diseases and defects get to benefit from it for free?

Even if they take your placenta, can they use any part of your body without permission?! What with stem cells and all sounds like an ethical issue

[–] loren 1 points Edited

They gave me 2 options at the hospital. Pay well over a thousand to some third party company to store my umbilical chord for my family’s use in the future, or give it up to the hospital (the largest funded research hospital in my state) for them to use however they want on whoever the fuck they want.