Proposed bill in Georgia would limit number of embryos implanted during IVF

A proposed Georgia Senate bill [SB 169] would limit the number of embryos fertility clinics may implant in a woman. It is among the first legislation of its kind in the nation.

Sponsor Sen. Ralph Hudgens (R-Hull) said he proposed the bill after learning of Nadya Suleman’s decision to have multiple children through in-vitro fertilization when she already had six children and was on public assistance.

The bill would limit the number of embryos implanted during IVF. Women under 40 years would be limited to only two embryos and women 40 and older could be implanted with three embryos.

The idea has drawn opposition from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.

The bill says that decisions about how to treat [infertility] patients will not be made by patients in consultation with their physicians, but by politicians,” said Sean Tipton, public affairs director for the society.

A similar bill is also being considered by lawmakers in Missouri.

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