Fertility Guidelines Shunned by Many
The Associated Press has reported that only about 20% of fertility clinics nationwide abide by fertility regulations. The Southern California fertility clinic which implanted the embryo into the infamous octuplet mom, is not the only one of it's liking. Unlike our European counterparts, the US lacks stringent fertility regulations, they are more like "voluntary rules" leaving the discretion purely to the "experts" running the clinics. After the birth of her octuplets, Nadya Suleman has sparked much controversy over fertility laws, and now the government is finally hoping to deploy some. The AP article said, "The 20 percent figure is contained in reports filed by clinics with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fertility doctors say there are many reasons clinics skirt the guidelines: pressure from patients who want to use more embryos to improve their chances of getting pregnant; financial concerns from those who are paying for their treatment out of their own pockets; and the competition among clinics to post good success rates." Altough the number of embryos implanted into a woman is a complex decision and quite individual for that matter, there should be a set precedent of universally acceptable number for In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and other forms of fertility treatments.