Archive for the ‘Political’ Category

Will the Affordable Care Act make infertility care affordable?

March 6, 2013Carole No Comments »

The Affordable Care Act, also called “Obamacare” became the law of the land on March 23, 2010 and was upheld by a Supreme Court decision in June 2012. What impact, if any, will it have on the ability of infertility patients to pay for infertility treatments? It’s impact is not clear because it will affect […]

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Personhood Initiatives Spreading

February 4, 2013Carole 1 Comment »

The College of Reproductive Biology is a professional society associated with the American Association of Bioanalysts whose members include embryologists, andrologists and other ART professionals. Last week, members received this update about new Personhood Initiatives. Letter copied below: “Personhood Bill Introduced in  House of Representatives  Legislation that would give full legal rights to human zygotes […]

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Reproductive Choice: A two-sided coin

January 22, 2013Carole 3 Comments »

For the last twenty years, I have been fairly obsessed with human fertility, both personally and professionally. Since 1995, I have been engaged in a profession that is clearly pro-life in that it seeks to solve the problem of human infertility, one patient at a time. I am also pro-choice. Those views are not opposites […]

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Widespread access to effective infertility treatments remains elusive; what you can do to change that.

January 21, 2013Carole 2 Comments »

On this Presidential Inauguration Day, I think about where we are in this country and where we are going. It’s also the time of year to think about professional and personal goals for 2013. What can we do better? One of the professional goals I have is to try to make infertility treatments more effective […]

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Supreme Court Decision: Federal Funding for Embryonic Stem Cell Research Stands

January 8, 2013Carole No Comments »

On Jan. 7, 2013, in a move that pleased scientists who study embryonic stem cells, the Supreme Court declined to hear a case which called for prohibiting federal funding of embryonic stem cell research according to this Forbes magazine article.  The decision leaves intact President Obama’s 2009 executive order to fund embryonic stem cell research […]

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Pending Reproductive Rights Bills

November 8, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

With the Fiscal Cliff dominating the political landscape for the foreseeable future, the issue of where we spend our limited tax dollars is going to be a topic of fierce debate. It seems timely to talk about pending infertility-related bills that have budget implications. The infertility support group Resolve has a webpage devoted to legislative […]

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GOP Platform seeks to ban creation of embryos (IVF).

November 5, 2012Carole 4 Comments »

I try to refrain from political posts because I know patients want to know about technical aspects of IVF, not my political opinions–and by now– the day before the election- even the most partisan are sick to death of politics. But the main reason I bother with this blog –which generates no income and costs […]

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Reproductive Biology Lessons for the Politically Active

September 3, 2012Carole 14 Comments »

As a public service in this election season, I am happy to clarify a few reproductive biology facts that many social conservatives (e.g. Representative Todd Aiken) seem to have forgotten, never learned or perhaps have willfully ignored. 1. Women do not have a magic vagina to ward off attacking sperm from a rapist. If we […]

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Romney’s VP Pick is Co-sponsor of Anti-IVF, Anti-Woman Personhood Bill

August 31, 2012Carole 1 Comment »

If you feel that IVF is a useful medical advance that has helped millions of couple’s start and grow their families worldwide and you want to prevent the criminalization of IVF  in the US,  then you should be aware of House Bill 212, called the Sanctity of Human Life Bill. It was introduced in Jan […]

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Unintended Consequences: Rethinking Anonymous Third Party Reproduction

July 25, 2012Carole 23 Comments »

As an embryologist by training and experience, my focus is usually on the technical aspects of IVF. But when I become aware of unintended consequences arising from high tech reproduction, I am forced to reconsider the status quo of how we provide assisted reproductive services to patients. I have been following a heated discussion regarding […]

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