One Embryo at a Time: A Suggestion or a Law?
From the Opinion section (Room for Debate-A Running Commentary of the News) of the New York Times for October 11, 2009:
Ever since in vitro fertilization became an option, there has been widespread concern about the multiple births that result from implantation of multiple embryos. Yet most doctors and patients are comfortable with implanting two or three embryos, despite the costs involved and the far higher risk of prematurity associated with twins.
Should the United States move beyond recommended guidelines for fertility treatments to impose stricter regulations on I.V.F. procedures? Should transfers be limited to one embryo at a time?
• Mark I. Evans, Fetal Medicine Foundation of America
• Robert Stillman, reproductive endocrinologist
• James A. Grifo, professor of obstetrics and gynecology
• Arthur Caplan, bioethicist, University of Pennsylvania
• Helen Richens, the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority
• Rebecca Dresser, law professor, Washington University
• Josephine Johnstone, Hastings Center
• Zev Rosenwaks, professor of obstetrics, gynecology and reproductive medicine
• Joanne Stone, professor of reproductive science
Read the opinions of these professionals and then come back and voice your opinion. ..Maurice.
Graphic: Collage by me using Picasa 3 from a photograph on Wikipedia of an estimated 8 week old spontaneously aborted fetus.