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