Hijacking the octuplets backlash to restrict IVF.

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March 4 2009 7:31 AM


Hijacking the octuplets backlash to restrict IVF.

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From the standpoint of respecting embryos, this is all wonderful stuff. But it doesn't serve the health interests of women seeking IVF, and it certainly doesn't protect taxpayers. "A living in vitro human embryo is a biological human being who is not the property of any person or entity," the bill declares. "The fertility physician and the medical facility that employs the physician owe a high duty of care to the living in vitro human embryo." Guess who's going to foot the bill for that "high duty of care"? With half a million embryos already frozen and thousands more accumulating every year, a declaration of medical rights for embryos would be one of the biggest entitlement programs in history.

Oh, and if you like what Suleman did, you'll love S.B. 169. By requiring doctors to "limit the number of in vitro human embryos created in a single cycle to the number to be transferred," the bill logically requires them to transfer every embryo created. That's exactly what Suleman did. She loved her babies too much to leave any of them behind.

Enough with the opportunism about the octuplets. Respecting embryos is a noble idea. But it won't be safer for women, and it won't come cheap.

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