IVF

Treating Women Like Dogs

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News is breaking of a woman in India who just gave birth to ten babies at 12 weeks of pregnancy. It is not clear from the story if this woman was a surrogate or an infertile woman undergoing IVF for her own sake. None of the babies survived, which should be of little surprise to […]

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Modern Families and the Messes We Make

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Assistive reproductive technologies such as in vitro fertilization not only involve serious medical risks, they also disrupt family life and commodify human beings. It almost always starts with an emotional story: an infertile couple trying desperately to conceive; a woman diagnosed with cancer, worried that she may lose her fertility when she undergoes chemotherapy or […]

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“Donate and Preserve” – Just Another Eggsploitation Gimmick?

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Connecticut’s leading fertility center, CT Fertility, run by Dr. Michael Doyle, has announced the launch of a new “Donate and Preserve” program. The program offers repeat egg donors the option to save some of their eggs for their own use later on, should they have problems conceiving. Recognizing the highly educated egg donors in their […]

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IVF Hopes—and Mostly Dreams

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Last month on NBC’s TODAY show, a couple from Missouri had an IVF embryo implantation performed live on air. This morning they returned to the show to announce their news to the world: they are successfully pregnant. Journaling about the process on the NBC website, the hopeful mother wrote the following entry before finding out […]

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Does IVF Cause More Cancer in Children or Not?

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The short answer is we don’t know. But another news story is out on a study that raises more questions than it answers regarding the harm to children born via IVF. From the story: Children born as a result of IVF are a third more likely to get cancer, a major study found. Scientists said […]

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IVF Children More Likely to Get Cancer

Perhaps people should have listened to Leon Kass rather than deride him. A recent study shows that children born from IVF are more likely to get serious cancers. From the Daily Mail story: Children born as a result of IVF are a third more likely to get cancer, a major study found. Scientists said those […]

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Now is the Time to Stop Three-Parent IVF

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The UK rubber stamp Embryo Authority has approved the manufacture of three-parent human embryos. The process is done by removing the nucleus from the egg of one woman, putting it into the enucleated egg of another, and then fertilizing with sperm. Voila, three biological parents. The approach is supposed to enable women with mitochondrial disease—who […]

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Award Custody of Embryos in Their Best Interests

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The more we remove reproduction from the normal way of having babies, the more complicated things become. Now, a court is to decide what happens to embryos after a couple splits — as if they are mere property. From the UPI story: An estranged Illinois couple are battling in court over the future of frozen […]

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Divorce Celebrity Style

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Just when I think it can’t get worse, a new story breaks that seeks to win the race to the bottom. Celebrity event planner David Tutera and his husband Ryan Jurica announced they are divorcing. But what is heartbreaking is what they are doing to the children they produced via surrogacy and egg donation – […]

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Fertility Alimony?

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In a recent New York Times editorial, Sarah Richards raised some provocative questions as to whether fertility treatment should be covered in divorce settlements. In her op-ed “Alimony for Eggs,” Richards profiles a New Jersey couple where the wife’s lawyer is arguing that the husband should pay $20,000 towards the wife’s egg freezing and storage […]

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