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Lawmaker Wants IVF Regulation

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A new bill would limit the amount of embryos a doctor could implant in a patient.

The Nadya Suleman octuplets were a wake-up call ... or, rather, eight wake-up calls ... for doctors and lawmakers regarding the ethics of implanting multiple embryos in women undergoing IVF treatments.

Now, a Georgia state senator is trying to limit the amount of embryos that can be implanted in patients. Sen. Ralph Hudgens has introduced an "Ethical Treatment of Human Embryos Act," which, among other things, would not allow doctors to transfer more than two eggs or embryos in any IVF treatment cycle in that state -- three if the woman is over 40.

It's a decent idea, since the American Society for Reproductive Medicine recommends that doctors implant no more than two embryos for women under 35 anyway.

However, Hudgens' bill, which is backed by Georgia Right to Life and other Christian groups, also considers an embryo to be a person and therefore halts the practice of storing frozen embryos for possible future pregnancies.

Hudgens says he's introduced the bill to "prevent what happened in California from happening in Georgia." The cost of delivering and hospitalizing Nadya's octuplets hasn't been made public, but has been estimated at anywhere from $300,000 to $1 million.

What do you think of the bill?

Click to read Sen. Ralph Hudgens' bill

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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
TRo March 3, 2009, 7:48 PM

The bill seemingly follows in the lines of the medical boards “guidelines” that were tossed to the curb on this case. What would the penalties be if this piece of “legislation” wasn’t followed? And please stop freezing embryos… that’s what triggered this “can’t stop until they’ve all been implanted” mentality in the Suleman case. Freeze the eggs for sure (they’re not fertilized) and provide fresh sperm each time.

Ju March 3, 2009, 10:41 PM

It’s true the eggs can be frozen, so can the sperm (or is it semen?). It’s sad that a bill needs to passed for people to follow the guidelines that were written to prevent things like this.

Jo Mama March 4, 2009, 10:33 AM

I also consider an embryo to be a person, but this bill is too narrow, if it won’t allow freezing. I am uncomfortable with freezing, but what are they to do if more embryos than the two or three or made, if they can’t freeze? They can’t always control that, then what are they going to do - throw them away?

Bleh March 5, 2009, 12:13 AM

So let it be written,so let it be done.Nice image of 2001’s space baby mom logic.

Nicole March 6, 2009, 5:38 PM

This bill takes the decisions out of the hands of doctors and puts it in the hands of politicians. It’s necessary to fertilize more eggs than will be implanted to increase the chances of pregnancy. Since the government doesn’t pay for IVF here, this would only hurt those strugging with infertility. RESOLVE is against the bill the American Society for Reproductive medicine is against it. They know more about IVF than some ignorant politician.

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Lily May 22, 2011, 8:32 AM

Hey, that’s the garetest! So with ll this brain power AWHFY?

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