Thursday, March 5, 2009

Georgia Residents Need to Take Action

Have you dealt with infertility? Do you know someone that has gone through infertility? Do you know the importance of helping others that are unable to have children and have been trying for years to get pregnant? Well, if you don't have the money to help others then here is an opportunity to help and it doesn't require you to hand out any money. Yep, you heard me correctly.
If you are a resident of Georgia then please take a moment to hop on over to www.resolve.org - The state of Georgia is currently trying to pass a bill that could very well end the practice of IVF in their state. Bill SB 169 would limit the number of embryos transferred during an IVF cycle, and ban the fertilization of any eggs in excess of the number allowed to be transferred. Even if more eggs are produced, they could not be fertilized and cryopreserved for future attempts at pregnancy. In patients under 40, physicians would be allowed to fertilize and transfer only two embryos, and in women over age 40, no more than three embryos. These limits do not meet ASRM guidelines on the number of embryos to transfer, and would affect patients access to care in Georgia. SB 169 would also eliminate any compensation for donor gametes, such as donor egg and donor sperm, severely limiting the number of available donors.
I am not a resident of Georgia, but if that bill came up here in Ohio then I would definitely have to make my voice heard. So, here is your opportunity. Check out www.Resolve.org and there is a place where you can click a link that will send a letter directly to the Georgia Senate Health & Human Services Committee. There will be a hearing on SB 169 on Thursday, March 5, at 9:00 AM in Room 450 of the State Capitol. At the hearing, the committee will hear testimony on the bill. RESOLVE will be testifying as will a number of physicians in Georgia. RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) oppose this bill. The hearing is open to the public and RESOLVE encourages you to attend the hearing.
Come on Georgia residents, make your voice heard and help make a difference to those men and women that are still longing to start a family. Help make their dreams come true and make a difference.
Blessings to you all.

3 comments:

He And Me + 3 said...

Oh no...that is horrible. I hope that the women and men of Georgia do get their voices heard.

Elaine said...

Yeah, I heard they might consider something like that here in CA too. All that Octo Mamma stuff brought a negative spin.

Stacey said...

Hey there! Surprise! I finally am able to get some time to leave you a comment. :) Hopefully I can get back into my regular blogging routine. It feels good to get to catch up on the blogs that I have missed, especially yours. :)

Oh my gosh! I can't believe that this is happening. That is terrible and I hope and pray that couples get their voices heard. I guess it only takes one bad egg to spoil the entire bunch! D#@n Octo Mamma. URRRRRRR! What a terrible tragedy for those of us who may have to use that treatment. Thanks for letting us know, I had not idea at all.

Love and hugs,
Stacey