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Job Benifits:Egg Freezing?

As of January 2015, both Apple and Facebook will pay up to $20,000 to cover the cost of egg freezing for employees, setting off a debate about women and work with a new benefit — paying for female employees to freeze their eggs.

Some doctors say egg freezing could be as influential as the birth control pill in freeing women from the confines of biology. Childbirth coincides with prime career-building years, and balancing both is a perpetual challenge. The question has to be asked: By paying for women to delay pregnancy, are employers helping them achieve that balance or avoiding policies that experts agree would greatly decrease the cost of paid family leave, childcare and flexible work arrangements? The plans for Facebook’s $120 million campus designed by Frank Gehry, include a doggy daycare, but nothing of the sort for children.

For women whose circumstances have made it unrealistic to have a baby and who are considering egg freezing, the new benefit is likely to be a highly welcome surprise. Yet workplaces could be seen as paying women to put off childbearing. Women who choose to have babies earlier could be stigmatized as uncommitted to their careers. Just as tech company benefits like free food and dry cleaning serve to keep employees at the office longer, so could egg freezing, by delaying maternity leave and child-care responsibilities.

 Egg freezing has been available for more than a decade, but it had been used mostly for preserving eggs for young cancer patients whose chemotherapy would make them infertile. That changed in late 2012, when the American Society of Reproductive Medicine lifted the “experimental” label from the procedure. Doctors estimate there have been about 2,000 births from frozen eggs, though there is no official data. Women who freeze their eggs when they are younger than 35 have a 10 percent to 12 percent change of giving birth per egg, and women who do it when they are older than 35 have a 6 percent to 8 percent chance or lower.

 


 

 

With this latest “perk,” are these employers showing themselves to be early adopters of 21st century family planning? Or are they simply telling female employees in prime childbearing years: Don’t do this now.

 

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Democrat Top Post

How is this not a debatable topic? First and foremost I see this as an open topic to discuss because our media is attempting to make this a debate. Look at any media site and you will see them one honoring the companies while others are villainizing them. I think the egg freezing is a byproduct of the issue. It comes down to the fight against capitalism and the greed that has developed in American society. Medical benefits were originally instituted to keep the workers healthy and at work. If it were not for that companies would not provide them, and this is no different.

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  • 2 days ago iamthegreatest

    iamthegreatest How is this not a debatable topic? First and foremost I see this as an open topic to discuss because our media is attempting to make this a debate. Look at any media site and you will see them one honoring the companies while others are villainizing them. I think the egg freezing is a byproduct of the issue. It comes down to the fight against cap

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  • 2 days ago iamthegreatest

    iamthegreatest How is this not a debatable topic? First and foremost I see this as an open topic to discuss because our media is attempting to make this a debate. Look at any media site and you will see them one honoring the companies while others are villainizing them. I think the egg freezing is a byproduct of the issue. It comes down to the fight against cap

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  • 2 days ago iamthegreatest

    iamthegreatest How is this not a debatable topic? First and foremost I see this as an open topic to discuss because our media is attempting to make this a debate. Look at any media site and you will see them one honoring the companies while others are villainizing them. I think the egg freezing is a byproduct of the issue. It comes down to the fight against cap

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I don't think the employers should have anything to do with this. I think that most women would feel pressured to use this option or risk losing her career. Even more so with the fact that Facebook's new campus doesn't even offer daycare. If they are so committed to helping their employees with families wouldn't a daycare for children be higher on the list than a daycare for dogs. Are men being "compensated" for delaying having a family also?

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  • 2 days ago BullMooseParty

    Have we run out of topics? This does not force women or businesses or anyone to do anything they do not otherwise want to do. What it does is help pay for a procedure their employee may want anyway and that the company sees as being both beneficial to their employee and through their efforts at work to the company as a whole. IF: The Gov't

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  • 2 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando I don't think the employers should have anything to do with this. I think that most women would feel pressured to use this option or risk losing her career. Even more so with the fact that Facebook's new campus doesn't even offer daycare. If they are so committed to helping their employees with families wouldn't a daycare for children be higher on

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  • 2 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando I don't think the employers should have anything to do with this. I think that most women would feel pressured to use this option or risk losing her career. Even more so with the fact that Facebook's new campus doesn't even offer daycare. If they are so committed to helping their employees with families wouldn't a daycare for children be higher on

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  • 2 days ago BullMooseParty

    Have we run out of topics? This does not force women or businesses or anyone to do anything they do not otherwise want to do. What it does is help pay for a procedure their employee may want anyway and that the company sees as being both beneficial to their employee and through their efforts at work to the company as a whole. IF: The Gov't

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  • 2 days ago whatwouldReagando

    whatwouldReagando I don't think the employers should have anything to do with this. I think that most women would feel pressured to use this option or risk losing her career. Even more so with the fact that Facebook's new campus doesn't even offer daycare. If they are so committed to helping their employees with families wouldn't a daycare for children be higher on

    » Read More
  • 2 days ago BullMooseParty

    Have we run out of topics? This does not force women or businesses or anyone to do anything they do not otherwise want to do. What it does is help pay for a procedure their employee may want anyway and that the company sees as being both beneficial to their employee and through their efforts at work to the company as a whole. IF: The Gov't

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