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  •  I think like anything else, (2+ / 0-)
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    musicsleuth, snackdoodle

    if it's right for you and it doesn't hurt anyone else, do it responsibly.  If it's not right for you, don't do it.

    I can't imagine telling a couple that wanted children badly that yes, we have the technology, but you see these religious people have decided you can't avail yourself of it.  Sorry!

    I think the government and the church should stay out of the personal lives of people who don't invite them in.

    •  A large number of babies all at once (13+ / 0-)

      though can hurt each other.  When a pregnacy goes over three embryos, all of the children are going to be born early and significantly underweight.  This raises their risks for a host of problems.

      I have a friend who, some 10 years ago when she unmarried, ended up accidently getting pregant and having 5 (two sets of twins plus one).  All 5 were in the hospital for months after they were born, none of them were over 3 pounds at birth and they all have varying degrees of physical and developmental problems.

      While I don't think the government should be involved in telling people what they can do with their bodies, I do think medical ethics should prevent the implanting of multiple embryos.  IVF is definitely a wonderful thing, but the suffering a baby born at barely a pound has to endure, not so much.

      the third eye does not weep. it knows. Political compass: -9.75 / -8.72

      by mijita on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 01:50:57 PM PST

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      •  I don't think that woman was the point of this (3+ / 0-)
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        mijita, Rick Winrod, snackdoodle

        diary.  I think the point was, "should we allow people to use assisted reproductive technologies."  I think a poor example was used to bias the responses.

        And like I said - I think we should if it's done responsibly.  Multiple doctors have said this particular case was malpractice.  And definitely a welfare fraud.  And the mother has clear mental issues which I would think would have been apparent to a qualified doctor.

        Perhaps to really answer the question, though, perhaps it would be enlightening to ask the actual products of IVF and other fertility treatments.  They are people.  Should they have been "allowed" to exist?  Geez.

    •  What happened with 8 babies is a failure a great (3+ / 0-)
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      bustacap, Crabby Abbey, Dretutz

      big failure and a black eye to the whole process of assisted pregnancies. No ethical MD would ever introduce 8 embryos. It is certainly a danger to the mother and to the babies as well. There is of course selected reduction, the clever euphemism for we goofed so now we have to kill some of those future babies. IMO it cheapens life when women are impregnated with litters and selective abortion or giving birth to babies with serious problems are the only options. I don't get where the diarist thinks MDs aren't talking about this, I have heard dozens talking about what happened being against agreed to ethical procedures. i haven't heard a single one thinking this was OK in any way.

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