Assisted Reproductive Technology Surveillance — United States, 2012

Since the first U.S. infant conceived with Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) was born in 1981, both the use of advanced technologies to overcome infertility and the number of fertility clinics providing ART services have increased steadily in the United States. ART includes fertility treatments in which eggs or embryos are handled in the laboratory (i.e., in vitro fertilization [IVF] and related procedures). In 1996, CDC began collecting data on ART procedures performed in fertility clinics in the United States. This report includes data from 52 reporting areas (the 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico). In 2012, a total of 157,635 ART procedures performed in 456 U.S. fertility clinics were reported to CDC. These procedures resulted in 51,261 live-birth deliveries and 65,151 infants. Sunderam S, PhD, Kissin DM, MD, Crawford SB, PhD, et al. MMWR Surveillance Summaries 2015;64(No. SS-6) Vol. 64, No. SS-6, August 14,...

New York Lawsuit Would Stop Paying Women for Donating Eggs for Research

Feminists Choosing Life of New York (FCLNY) filed suit Friday in New York State Supreme Court in Albany to block the use of taxpayer funds to pay women recruited to “donate” their eggs for embryonic stem cell research. FCLNY director Wendy McVeigh told LifeNews.com Wednesday, “New York State has the responsibility to protect women. Instead, the state is using taxpayers’ dollars to entice young, economically vulnerable women to experiment in this medically risky procedure.” New York State is the first governmental entity anywhere in the U.S. to approve taxpayer money to pay women to undergo an invasive procedure to harvest eggs for embryonic stem cell research. The legal complaint was filed on October 9, 2009 in Feminists Choosing Life of New York v. Empire State Stem Cell Board. In part, the complaint states, “The Payment for Eggs Program provides significant monetary inducements to women to engage in this painful and risky procedure, which in part disproportionately appeals to economically vulnerable women…. (it)… fails to satisfactorily provide for informed consent and other safeguards to ensure adequate disclosure to women of the risks of egg harvesting.” On June 11, 2009, the Empire State Stem Cell Board (ESSCB), which was given the responsibility for administering the funds, passed a resolution authorizing significant taxpayer monies of up to $10,000 per donation to be used to compensate young women who donate their eggs for research. FCLNY also argues that research on adult stem cells, which are plentiful and don’t involve the ethical and medical concerns of embryonic stem cell research, have produced positive results that make the egg donation program funded by taxpayer monies...

Sperm Donor Forced to Pay Child Support After Lesbian Couple Separate

A London firefighter who donated his sperm to allow a lesbian couple to conceive is being forced to pay thousands of pounds in child support now that the couple has broken up. Andy Bathie, 37, claims he was assured by the couple he would have no personal or financial involvement for the children, but has no legal grounds for the assurance because the donation did not go through a center licensed with the British Child Support Agency (CSA). Bathie says he is in shock and anger, and that the costs of child support for the two children born from the donation will prevent him from being able to afford having children with his wife. “I don’t have any particular ill will,” he said, “It’s the fact that I still even now don’t see why I should have to pay for another couple’s children.” But UK law does not yet recognize that they are not Bathie’s children. The law only tries to nullify the need for a biological father in the case of a licensed clinic, but ministers have drawn up reforms to the law giving equal parenting rights to same-sex couples who “marry.” A spokeswoman for CSA said: “Unless the child is legally adopted, both biological parents are financially responsible for their child – the Child Support Agency legislation is not gender or partnership based,” said a spokeswoman for the CSA said. Bathie has begun unprecedented court action to ensure he cannot be recognized as a legal parent to the children. “I would never have agreed to this unless they had been living as a committed family,” Bathie told...