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Donating Eggs For Dollars
There's a public push to get women to donate their eggs for cash. A local company is using some radio ads to target college coeds who are heavily in debt.
Marlena Fay has money on her mind. The 19-year-old is working two part-time jobs and even that isn't enough to cover her college tuition.
"Each year I estimate I'll rack up about $11, 000," she says.
Fay is one of many financially-strapped females looking to make a quick buck.
"It has definitely been tough. My parents didn't help me with financial aid," said Alma Colmenero.
Colmenero is graduating college $20,000 in the hole. She's considering selling her eggs for cash.
"I've thought about it but don't think I would go through with it," said Colmenero.
Dr. Sharia Kavoussi is a fertility specialist. We asked him why college coeds make ideal donor candidates.
"If a woman is in her late teens or early 20s she's going to have a good chance of giving a couple a baby because of her egg quality and egg numbers," said Kavoussi.
According to several online donor sites the ideal candidate is at least 19-years-old and is either in college or has a college degree, and excels at subjects like math, science or athletics.
The financial payoff is at least $5,000 in cash.
"They have to fill out why they're doing this. You'd like to think it's altruistic," added Kavoussi.
For Fay, the money isn't enough.
"It's a moral decision for me," said fay.
But for Colmenero, the cash is looking pretty darn good.
"I guess it would be a good idea," said Colmenero.
Candidates must undergo a complete medical and psychological screening before being accepted into any donor program
By Alex Boyer