Haven't seen it, but NBC's new soap opera/series Inconceivable is set in a Beverly Hills fertility clinic, and is full of "come on, that'd never happen!" storylines and ethical dilemmas that, at least according to Slate's Liza Mundy, are barely the tip of the sperm iceberg:
In L.A., land of 48-year-old actresses-turned-first-time-mothers, the trade in donor eggs is so active and so normalized that the college-age daughter of a friend of mine, sitting at a cafe in Santa Monica, was approached by an unknown couple who asked if she would be their donor. Surrogacy laws are friendly in California. Fertility treatment is cheaper in California. In Los AngelesóI think this is fair to sayódoctors may debate ethics, but chances are the end of the debate will be: Yes.
Mundy, who's writing a book on assisted reproduction, goes on to explore the under-reported, largely unregulated, under-discussed ethical and emotional landscape of in-vitro fertilization and other reproductive technologies.
There are gay dads negotiating how much fast food their surrogate will be allowed to eat, the endemic fear of sperm/egg/embryo switching, and the opposite: the widespread practice of not telling kids they were conceived using a donor egg. Sounds like it'd make a great documentary.
All Too Conceivable [slate]