Once more, news from Georgia

I’ve been following some legislation in Georgia recently.  It’s gone through a number of revisions.   You can read about them in the earlier posts. Interestingly, you can trace the origins of this legislation back to the furor over the octuplets.  The unease about the octuplets seems to have provided a vehicle for groups more generally concerned about ART.

The new version of the bill, one passed by the Georgia state senate, is described here.    Provision limiting sale of sperm and eggs are gone, as are restrictions on the number of embryos that can be implanted transferred and who can utilized ART.   The bill now provides that embryos can only be created for the treatment of human infertility.  The question of what qualifies as “infertility”–an important question when you consider people who wish to parent singly as well as same-sex couples, is left rather fuzzy.

Apparently there is also a separate bill, passed out of the Georgia House of Representatives, that promotes embryo adoption.  This is the first I’ve heard of this second bill, but you can find some discussion of embryo adoption here.

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2 responses to “Once more, news from Georgia

  1. I also find the wording in this to be suspicious. I mean, limiting it to only promoting a human pregnancy is not the same thing as limiting it only to treat infertility. I can easily see someone trying to take this to that next step, however, I also see the medical world reacting by simply redefining infertility. It is very hard to pinpoint, often, exactly WHY a woman might not get pregnant. Sometime the diagnosis is that there is no cause found. A surrogate signs up for IVF and if she hasn’t gotten pregnant in the last 6 months, even if she hasn’t technically been trying, sounds like she’s infertile to me.

    BTW – embryo implantation sightings, paragraph 2.

    Also BTW – not to blog-jack or anything but the twins have been born. 🙂

    • Arrrgggh. And here I was working so hard on my language. Anyway, I’ve fixed it here and I appreciate your vigilance.

      The language of the statute does seem awfully vague. I worry about who will get to give it meaning.

      And congratulations on the twins.

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