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just some information anyone undergoing IVF with or without egg donation needs to know.  And anyone doing egg preservation

The Georgia Senate Health &Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on two bills of concern; SB 169 and SB204.

SB 169 would codify a limit on the number of embryos transferred, and ban the fertilization of any eggs in excess of the number allowed to be transferred.  In patients under 40, you would be allowed to fertilize and transfer only two, and in women over age 40, no more than three.

The bill also seeks to give the fertilized egg full legal status as a human being, a move that the Georgia legislature has previously rejected.

SB204 is an embryo adoption bill.  It would subject embryo donation to all the same provisions as required by law for adoption of an existing child.  Presumably this would subject infertility patients needing an embryo donation to go through the judicial proceedings, home visits, etc.  required by adoption. 

I thought that this was some need to know info for the who IF community.  Basically, this is a reaction to octomom.

From the AJC:

“The legislation in Missouri and Georgia is intended to spare taxpayers from footing the bill for women having more children than they can afford. But critics say the measures also would make having even one child more difficult for women who desperately want to become mothers.

“What they are proposing is a cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all approach,” said Dr. Andrew Toledo, medical director of the Atlanta-based Reproductive Biology Associates. “Not every couple and not every patient is the same.”

Supporters say the bill would cut down on the number of unused embryos. But opponents argue that would severely limit the options of women paying $10,000 to $15,000 for each fertility cycle.”


Thursday 5th of March 2009

I think they should look at other ways in solving this problem. I know the octomom is a disaster - but everyone's situation is different.


Wednesday 4th of March 2009

In a small way I agree. But in a much larger way I don't since when is it the duty of government to tell someone how they should reproduce. I know that this is because of the octomom but that woman is crazy. I hope that this doesnt pass because it would set a precedent in other states.