In The New York Times' "Room for Debate" forum, President Debora Spar answers questions about the United States' largely unregulated fertility industry and whether consumers and business people should be allowed to dictate what is acceptable, what is normal and what is allowable.
"Two things should stand out from this ongoing tale of high-tech baby-making. The first is that assisted reproduction is growing in size and scale and normalcy. The second, and more troubling fact, is that it is growing, in the United States at least, almost entirely without regulation," she writes.
President Spar is the author of The Baby Business: How Money, Science, and Politics Drive the Commerce of Conception.