Parents who dream of having an attractive baby are logging onto a fledging website to fulfill their wishes, reports CBS News Correspondent Elizabeth Kaledin.
California photographer Ron Harris is using his Web site www.ronsangels.com to auction the eggs of a number of fashion models. [Note: the linked website is not affiliated with CBS, nor is CBS responsible in any way for the content within.]
Would-be parents' wishes for a beautiful baby may come true for a starting price of $15,000, and the bidding could top $100,000.
Harris says he has already received a serious offer of $42,000, and the site in its first day got more than one million hits.
Although his website is legally run, it has enraged doctors who specialize in infertility.
"I think that it crosses the line," Bioethicist Bruce Jennings tells CBS This Morning Senior Correspondent Hattie Kauffman. He is the executive vice president of the Hastings Center in Garrison, N.Y., which focuses on moral issues in the fields of health, medicine, and environment.
"It hurts the processÂ…and basically is very cruel and misleading to those couples who do suffer from infertility and want to have a family. This type of entrepreneurialism is not good for society," he says.
Doctors routinely try to match the appearance of egg donors to the appearance of potential parents. However, there is never a guarantee the mixing of egg and sperm will result in an appearance resembling either the donor or those conceiving the child.
"What he's doing is he's trying to create a super race," says Dr. Alan Copperman, of Mount Sinai Medical Center's Infertility Clinic in New York.
Harris says he's only selling what everyone really wants.
"You'd like to have beautiful children, you'd like to give every advantage to your child. If a child is pretty it has an advantage," he says.
The auction will last up to several months, with each model deciding how long the bidding for her eggs will go and what price should be accepted.
The models receive the full amount and bidders must pay Harris' organization an additional 20 percent service fee, which he says will be donated to children's charities.
Meanwhile, Harris says an auction of male models' sperm is being planned.