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Octomom Bill Would Limit Number of Embryo Implants

California may be all right with Nadya Suleman having octuplets, but one state senator says such a thing shouldn't happen in the great state of Georgia.

Republican Sen. Ralph Hudgens has introduced a bill that would limit women under 40 to two embryos and women over 40 to three. A doctor implanted Nadya, 33, with six, a number that violated the medical field's self-regulations. The American Society For Reproductive Medicine supports limiting embryos to two for women under 35, and five for women over 40.

Defending his legislation, Sen. Hudgens said:

She is not married, She is unemployed, she is on government assistance, and now she is going to put those 14 children on the back of the taxpayers in the state of California.

Critics worry that Georgia fertility doctors would lose business to neighboring states. Others think that the bill is an attempt to outlaw abortion, since it defines an in vitro embryo as a human being.

I'm sure there would be outrage if a law attempted to limit natural conceptions. Do you think government should step in to stop an "octomom" repeat, or should it be left to the medical community?

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kscincotta kscincotta 7 years
lemuse, you said exactly what I've been saying: if we can put restrictions on who can adopt based on income and other factors, then the same standards should be in place for IVF. Moreover, I don't think this GA law is such a bad idea, I just don't like his parameters (they should be aligned with the AMA guidelines) and some of his justifications. If people can demonstrate that they are capable of providing for children (which Suleman clearly cannot), regardless of marital status, then they should be allowed to have children through whatever means they wish.
snowysakurasky snowysakurasky 7 years
the issue that comes to my mind is the safety of the embryos/babies. if eight are implanted and begin to grow, it is unlikely that all 8 will be born healthy. so by implanting them all at once, they are risking the safety of each life.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I am in California, although I think there is probably something wrong in this woman's head, I don't think it is anyone's business. So many take that as I am OK with her. That's fine, I just don't think people should be complaining about her because she went about having her children through invitro when we have women who are fertile Myrtles and have them normally with no spotlight. Give the girl a break already.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I argue with my husband about her often. I don't understand why her life is anyones business. Low income moms pop out numerous kids all the time and I don't hear anyone complain about it. She should be able to have as many children as she wants. If we didn't have uber-liberal welfare programs, then she wouldn't be taking advantage of them. If people were truly made to support their own children instead of depending on the government to do so, i think women would be a lot more responsible in deciding to have those children. Since I make too much money to qualify for any government programs, I will not have another child because I don't think i would be able to properly care for it. I know I don't have a backup plan (government assistance) I just wish people would get over her, stop addressing the symptom an get down to the actual root of the problem.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 7 years
I argue with my husband about her often. I don't understand why her life is anyones business. Low income moms pop out numerous kids all the time and I don't hear anyone complain about it. She should be able to have as many children as she wants. If we didn't have uber-liberal welfare programs, then she wouldn't be taking advantage of them. If people were truly made to support their own children instead of depending on the government to do so, i think women would be a lot more responsible in deciding to have those children. Since I make too much money to qualify for any government programs, I will not have another child because I don't think i would be able to properly care for it. I know I don't have a backup plan (government assistance) I just wish people would get over her, stop addressing the symptom an get down to the actual root of the problem.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 7 years
I cannot wait till i dont have to see this monsters face anymore.....
lemuse20 lemuse20 7 years
Instead of limiting embryos, just as for an adopting, they should make sure the parent/parents are able to support and care for any more children. Obviously something needs to be done to prevent the "octomom" scenario from happening again, because I'm sure there's no doubt that the "octomom" could be inspiring to some.
Lukin Lukin 7 years
I think the worst part of this "Octomom" fiasco is that it puts such a stigma on an incredible medical technology that helps capable, responsible, loving men and women become parents when they otherwise would not be able to.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Ah. Irony.
kurniakasih kurniakasih 7 years
Ah. Irony.
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years
And before anybody jumps in to her rescue, I'll edit. *MOST any Californian.
colormesticky colormesticky 7 years
Wait, who in California is okay with her? The woman and the doctor are a couple damn fools, and any Californian will tell you that.
flutterpie flutterpie 7 years
just because one doctor is unethical, doesnt mean the government should come in and regulate a practice that has worked well thus far. this sets a dangerous precedent into lawmakers regulating what a doctor can and cannot do and it could affect innocent women who just want to have a baby.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 7 years
it is nadya's doctor who had no scruples, isn't it supposed to be two or three embryo's at the most anyway.
zeze zeze 7 years
Georgia would lose business for this.... I would imagine if I desperatly wanted a child I would go to the state that would give me the best shot.
zeze zeze 7 years
Georgia would lose business for this....I would imagine if I desperatly wanted a child I would go to the state that would give me the best shot.
Roarman Roarman 7 years
The AMA had already set guidelines that limited the number of eggs that are to be implanted. I believe it was no more than three. This doctor was very unethical.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I agree with mydia.
starangel82 starangel82 7 years
I agree with mydia.
mydiadem mydiadem 7 years
I think it should be left to the medical community
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