On March 18 USA Today printed an op ed I wrote about the need to regulate the in vitro fertilization industry.
There is a backstory.
Following is the original op ed I submitted to USA Today, which its editors rejected.

The sensational story of Nadya Suleman giving birth to octuplets after in vitro fertilization of multiple embryos has spotlighted the need to regulate this Wild West of women’s reproductive care.

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Currently sea turtles in the U.S. enjoy more procreative protection than women and children.
The procedure to garner eggs for IVF is potentially dangerous to women.
They inject numerous drugs and synthetic female steroids, including estrogen, a known carcinogen, over several weeks to stimulate several eggs to abnormally mature at once….

Side effects range from ovary enlargement and bursting to hemorrhage. Long-term effects are unknown.
The IVF procedure is certainly dangerous to preborn humans. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine states the “live delivery rate” of these embryos is 31.6 percent. So, seven in 10 die.
How? Usually 10 or fewer eggs are harvested, but sometimes more. These are fertilized. The resulting unique human beings are grown in a petri dish and checked for defects. Long-term consequences of removing one cell from an eight-cell human to biopsy are unknown.
Suspected imperfect embryos are killed. Typically the doctor will implant one to five unflawed embryos, although we now know there are no rules. If multiples survive, “selection reduction,” or abortion of some, is recommended.
Remaining embryos are frozen. Some die when thawed. Others are killed in the name of science.
Although the actual number of embryos designated for research is scant – 2.8 percent according to Rand Research – these have been touted as a reason for embryonic stem cell research. Otherwise embryos will die having served no useful purpose.
All the more reason to regulate the IVF industry.
Louisiana has had a law since 1985 defining ex utero embryos as human beings with inherent rights. Embryos cannot be destroyed for research. Court disputes over abandoned embryos must be decided in the best interest of the embryo.
All states should pass laws defining personhood as beginning at conception, and there is such a movement afoot.
Meanwhile the Suleman case has exposed a need to regulate the IVF industry, such as is in Germany, which limits the number of embryos implanted to the same number fertilized, up to three. This alone would stop the practice of freezing human embryos and curtail selective reductions.
With good reason, Germany is sensitive to the issue of mistreating human beings.

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