The Crackdown on Embryo Screening

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March 20 2009 10:35 AM

The Crackdown on Embryo Screening

Remember that bill in Georgia to restrict in vitro fertilization ? The Associated Press thought it was dead . Surprise! The Georgia Senate revised it and passed it a week ago.

The bill is part of a nationwide project to regulate the emerging industry of embryo production. In one state or another—and then another and another —legislation will be filed to restrict IVF. The battles will be fought over which uses of preimplantation genetic diagnosis are acceptable. And these fights will be every bit as ugly as the preceding fights over abortion .

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Will Saletan writes about politics, science, technology, and other stuff for Slate. He’s the author of Bearing Right.