Artificial Conception

Fall 2005: Technological Conception

New CT Law Mandating Insurers to Cover Fertility Treatment Limits Benefits to Women Under 40

Study Findings Suggest that Over 6.7 Million Human Embryos Have Died During IVF

NEW CT LAW MANDATING INSURERS COVER FERTILITY TREATMENT LIMITS BENEFITS TO WOMEN UNDER 40 — (SB 508) scheduled to take effect Oct. 1 that will require some health care insurers in the state to cover most fertility treatments, limits the benefit to women younger than age 40.

The law makes Connecticut the 15th state to mandate that insurers provide infertility coverage. However, most states do not have age limits for the requirement. In New York, women ages 44 and older are ineligible for coverage, and in New Jersey, the cutoff is age 46. The law also has a provision that limits mandated in vitro fertilization coverage to the implantation of two embryos per IVF treatment. The law will not apply to employees in self-insured plans (Haigh, AP/Hartford Courant, 9/26; 27Sept05, http://www.kaisernetwork.org/daily_reports/rep_index.cfm?DR_ID=32772]

 

STUDY FINDINGS SUGGEST OVER 6.7 MILLION EMBRYONIC CHILDREN HAVE DIED DURING IVF — 85% of Human Embryos Produced During IVF do Not Survive till Birth – A new study has confirmed that beyond all the loss of life that happens when in vitro fertilization embryos are frozen for storage and unfrozen for use, there is massive loss of life even after embryos are transferred into their mother’s wombs. 

Researchers at Yale School of Medicine have found that 85% of embryos transferred during IVF fail to live till birth.

IVF specialists boasted last year that over a million children have been born due to IVF (see: http://www.ivf.com/overview.html). 

With the results of the Yale study indicating that 85% of embryos transferred do not survive till birth, one can calculate that for a million children to have been born using IVF over 6.7 other children died in the process.

Published in the August issue of Fertility and Sterility, the Yale study reviewed seven years of U.S. statistics from all the fertility clinics that report data on reproductive techniques. Director of the Yale Fertility Center, Pasquale Patrizio, M.D., professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences led the project. Said Patrizio, “Something in nature has decided that these implanted embryos are not viable.”

Citation: Fertility and Sterility, Vol. 84, No. 2, 325-530 (Aug05). [LifeSiteNews.com, 9Sept05, New Haven CT]