reckless IVF

Biological Colonialism: Dutch Controversy Over Anything Goes IVF

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF was promised as a generally minor matter that would be available for married couples, otherwise unable, to have biological children. Of course, that relatively conservative agenda held for about two seconds. It is now a huge industry, with unmarried people using it to get […]

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IVF: No Liability in Ireland for Using Sperm With “Black” Genes

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC IVF has changed our attitudes and expectations about bearing children, and not necessarily for the better. Instead of unconditionally loving the child who we receive, some instead demand the right to obtain the child they want. And that can lead to litigation when the parents […]

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New Documentary Eggsploitation Reveals the Infertility Industry’s Dirty Little Secret

For Immediate Release Film Presents the Hidden Dangers, Health Risks, and Exploitation of Young Women Through Egg Donation NEW YORK, NY/July 28, 2010 – The infertility industry has a dirty little secret that is dressed in deceptive advertising, large monetary incentives and appeals to altruism. Using these tactics, the industry targets young, vulnerable women for […]

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I Have a Right to a Baby Girl! Using IVF for Sex Selection

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC One of the big stories today in Australia is of a Melbourne woman who has announced that she is traveling to Thailand to have sex selection IVF because it is against the law in Australia. She just has to have a girl, don’t you know! […]

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Using IVF to Delay Parenthood

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Those who objected to IVF (before my time) on the basis that the technology would not be limited to helping infertile, married couples conceive, were laughed off as scare mongers. My how times have changed. We now have a story of fertile couples using IVF […]

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NHS Meltdown: Massive Cuts Loom as UK May Give Free IVF for Menopausal Women

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Good grief. The Telegraph is warning of terrible slashing cuts in the NHS budget. From the story: The NHS is suffering potentially devastating cuts to jobs and patient services as the Government’s austerity drive hits the health service, doctors’ leaders have warned. Thousands of doctors […]

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Wrong IVF Embryos Implanted Leads to End of Once Wanted Life

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC This just makes my head explode. A woman was implanted with the wrong embryos, and rather than honor another woman’s children and let them live, immediately terminated the pregnancy process. From the story: A woman who sought help from a prominent Connecticut fertility center last […]

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IVF Abuse Illustrates Urgent Need For Developing Culture of Self Restraint

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC We are quickly becoming an entitlement culture that increasingly refuses to set self limits and presumes the right to harness technology to get us what we want–no matter how destructive to others and to the overall culture. Nothing epitomizes this anything goes, me-me/I-I mentality than […]

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Deducting Face Lifts in Brazil Devolves Medicine Into Mere Life Style Enablers

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC I worry about the devolution of medicine from a healing profession into a lifestyle, on demand, technocratic enabling guild. We see it all around us. Octomom, for example, wasn’t infertile. The IVF she wanted had nothing to do with medicine in the sense of helping […]

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Experience of an Anonymous Egg Donor

I volunteered to harvest eggs for a friend, whose ovaries had ceased producing eggs in her early 30’s. She bought donated sperm from a California university sperm bank several years prior to my egg harvest and was being counseled about infertility options. This was not an “eggs for money” contract. I volunteered without a compensation […]

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Thinking About Donating Your Eggs? Think Again

Egg donation is risky business. But unlike other high-risk jobs that offer appropriate compensation for the dangers (e.g., skyscraper window washing), the egg donation process is inherently risky, from beginning to end. What are those risks? Stroke, organ failure, infection, cancer, loss of future fertility, and in rare instances, even death. Sadly, longer-term risks remain […]

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Octumom Doctor Faces the Music

Fertility doctor, Michael Kamrava, responsible for the Octuplet births of Nadya Suleman in 2009 has finally been accused of gross negligence by the California Medical Board. Kamrava was already expelled from membership with the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and now faces the medical board. We will be watching this case closely, but meanwhile […]

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Free Fertility Drugs on CraigsList

Here’s what the ad reads: Free Fertility Medicine (Long Beach) Date: 2009-12-05, 12:23PM PSTReply to: sale-wpf2v-1496525495@craigslist.org [Errors when replying to ads?] Free fertility medicine will expire next month Two Progesterone Injection 50 mg/ml Intramuscular Injections Leuprolide Acetate Injection 1mg/0.2 ml one 14 day administration kit They were stored properly. Location: Long Beach it’s NOT ok […]

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What’s Wrong with IVF? Let Me Count The Ways!

IVF headlines this week only further advance my position that we should have never taken the embryo out of the womb. For example: It allows doctors like Michael Kamrava, of Octumom fame to be touted as “distinguished” and to be only given a slap on the hand for his recklessness in transferring six embryos (two […]

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In vitro fertilization risks in the spotlight as Carolyn Savage speaks out on embryo mixup

As more is talked about the horrible embryo mix-up of Carolyn and Sean Savage, one particular physician speaks out against IVF technologies. Dr. Sami David, who was involved in the first IVF baby in New York City back in 1983 has gone on record stating this: Frankly, I stayed true to my training, which was: […]

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Single Embryo Transfer Works Better – New Study Says

Here’s a report on another couple of new studies which seem to just confirm the obvious stating this: “Implanting single embryos into the wombs of women seeking to boost fertility is more effective and less costly than placing two embryos at a time, a pair of studies released Wednesday found.” With the recent news of […]

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Most Fertility Clinics Break the Rules

Surprise, Surprise! Or should I say, no surprises here. “Fewer than 20 percent of U.S. clinics follow professional guidelines on how many embryos should be used for younger women. “Clearly, most programs are not adhering to the guidelines,” said Dr. Bradley Van Voorhis, director of the fertility clinic at the University of Iowa. The furor […]

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Grandma Has Twins, Single Mom has Octuplets and Lesbians Sue and Win

Has the world gone mad? You’d think! But these are the headlines in this weeks news as it relates to the reproductive-medicine-gone-wild world we live in. Remember, Mama Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys! Check out these stories: Health officials split over cost of treating 60-year-old mom “Hayer and her husband, Jagir, […]

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