Questions Raised At Fertility Clinics After Octuplets Birth

Federal government statistics suggest the California fertility doctor who helped Nadya Suleman become pregnant with octuplets has plenty of company when it comes to ignoring guidelines.

According to reports filed by fertility clinics with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fewer than 20 percent follow professional guidelines on how many embryos should be used for
younger women.

The guidelines are purely voluntary, but the furor over Suleman -- who had already had six young children -- has led to talk of passing laws to regulate clinics.

Fertility doctors say there are many reasons clinics skirt the guidelines, including pressure from patients seeking to improve their chances of getting pregnant, financial concerns for those paying out of pocket, and competition among clinics to post good success rates.

The only penalty for violating guidelines is expulsion from some professional organizations, but that can affect whether insurance companies will cover a clinic's treatments.


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  • by tj Location: eastern nc on Feb 21, 2009 at 08:18 AM
    No, kimo, the abortion shouldn't be mandatory. the pregnancy shouldn't have happened in the first place.
  • by Kimo Location: Belhaven on Feb 21, 2009 at 05:46 AM
    Abortion should not be an option for people like her. It should be mandatory. (This from an anti-abotrion person).
  • by concerned Location: perquimans county on Feb 21, 2009 at 03:59 AM
    No, my brain is fully intact, thank you very much! But when you are raising two children that are not biologically yours, and the biological mother has no rights to them due to mental health issues, but then is allowed to go to a fertility clinic, and bring a set of triplets into the world, the whole story kind of hits a bit closer to home!
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:35 PM
    Seems her brain must be in her botox lips.
  • by Gator Location: NC on Feb 20, 2009 at 07:15 PM
    And lets regulate if people from perquimans should be able to make comments on anything. What else can we regulate?
  • by concerned Location: perquimans on Feb 20, 2009 at 06:28 PM
    While they are at it, they should be running a background check on all the women, to be sure if: 1. They already have kids in the world that they are not taking care of, and or do not have any rights to, and 2. To make sure that these women do not have aa history of mental illness..... and lets not forget....are these patients registered sex offenders??
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