Free Republic 2nd Quarter Fundraising Target: $88,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $80,615
Woo hoo!! And now less than $7.4k to go!! Let's get 'er done. Thank you all very much for your continuing support!

Keyword: invitro

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • Hawaii LGBT couples seek equal access to fertility treatment

    04/09/2017 9:20:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 9, 2017 10:08 AM EDT | Cathy Bussewitz
    Sean Smith and his husband paid more than $20,000 for a fertility procedure when they decided to have a child using a surrogate mother. They did not know at the time that if they were a heterosexual couple, they might have saved that money. Now, Smith and other members of Hawaii’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community are lobbying for equal access to the financial help married, heterosexual couples enjoy under state law. They are pushing legislation that would require insurance companies to cover in vitro fertilization for more couples, including making Hawaii the first state to require the coverage...
  • Woman impregnated by mistake with black man’s sperm loses court case

    09/06/2015 2:35:42 PM PDT · by Mariner · 123 replies
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | September 6th, 2015 | By David Millward
    A legal claim by a woman who gave birth to a mixed race baby after accidentally being impregnated with a black man’s sperm has been dismissed by a judge in Illinois. Jennifer Cramblett sought damages from the Midwest Sperm Bank of Downers Grove, Illinois for wrongful birth and breach of warranty, the Chicago Tribune reported. Ms Cramblett and her same sex partner bought sperm from the sperm bank. But because of a clerical error, she was sent sperm provided by a black donor.
  • U.S. brokered deal to help wife of Cuban spy become pregnant through artificial insemination

    12/23/2014 9:55:33 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Fox News Latino ^ | December 23, 2014 | Kathleen Reuschle
    Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) was traveling back and forth to Cuba in secret negotiations to try and secure a release for American prisoner Alan Gross when a woman approached him with an impassioned plea: she wanted a child and she needed his help. The woman, the wife of one of the Cuban spies imprisoned in the U.S. on espionage charges, was in her early 40s and said she was almost out of time. According to Tim Rieser, Leahy’s foreign policy aide, she was “clearly desperate.” That began an unusual effort on the part the senator, who is chairman of the...
  • Latin lessons: What a great Roman historian can teach us about IVF and egg freezing.

    09/08/2014 7:16:40 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 12 replies
    MercatorNet ^ | 8 September 2014 | Michael Cook
    My Latin is not what it once was and it was never much. So lately I have been making amends for schoolboy sloth by reading a few of the classics. I have just finished (in translation) and highly recommend The Annals of Imperial Rome, by Tacitus, which chronicles the years of Tiberius, Claudius, Caligula and Nero, (an) analysis of palace politics. Whoa! Excuse me: just where is all this going? Is this relevant to anything at all or is it just self-indulgent bloviation? Well, sort of. Be patient. Let me press on. It was a bit dismaying to read how...
  • In Vitro Children and the Risks They Face

    01/12/2014 6:16:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 53 replies ^ | JUNE 6, 2004 | Interview With Neonatologist Carlo Bellieni
    In Vitro Children and the Risks They Face  Interview With Neonatologist Carlo Bellieni  ROME, JUNE 6, 2004 ( In vitro fertilization, a practice that entails high risks for the health of a child, reflects a trivialization of conception, warns a neonatologist. In this interview with ZENIT, Dr. Carlo Bellieni, professor of neonatal therapy at the School of Pediatrics of the University of Siena, talks about the dangers of artificial procreation for the child conceived, as revealed in recent scientific studies. Accompanying his statements are key references to medical research. Q: What are some factors in the in vitro fertilization...
  • IVF method linked to low IQ in children

    07/14/2013 11:37:22 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Melbourne Herald Sun ^ | July 03, 2013 6:27AM | (Australian Associated Press)
    Certain forms of IVF treatment are significantly associated with an increased risk of low intelligence in children, a major study has shown. A link was also found with an especially severe type of autism, but only in the case of twins or triplets. Scientists who analyzed data on more than 2.5 million births stressed that the chances of an IVF baby being affected remained tiny in real terms. …
  • Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk

    04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 53 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | ANI
    Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health. Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research. The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2). Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study,...
  • Pro Creators: Sperm Donors Are Dads to Dozens

    06/20/2011 2:46:34 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 46 replies
    Fox News & New York Post ^ | June 19, 2011 | unkonwn
    When he was a cash-strapped college student 20 years ago, Todd Whitehurst didn't think too deeply on the consequences of donating sperm. Then, when he was 41, he got an e-mail from a girl named Virginia. "She said, basically, 'I'm 14, and I think I'm your daughter,' " explained Whitehurst, now a 45-year-old medical engineer. Shortly after, he found a son, Tyler, now 14. And another, Gavin, now 16. That led to another child, and another, and yet another. "It was definitely overwhelming," Whitehurst said. "I'm not even sure how many children there are." So far he has found nine...
  • 'Eggsploitation' reveals egg donor dangers

    03/18/2011 4:58:20 PM PDT · by RnMomof7 · 8 replies
    Baptist Press ^ | 03/18/2011 | Amanda Kate Winkelman
    WASHINGTON (BP)--The fertility industry has a dirty secret -- young women are being coerced into selling their eggs despite the severe health risks and the lack of laws protecting them, according to a recently released movie from the Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. "Eggsploitation" -- a documentary that tells the stories of young women donating their eggs to help infertile women, only to suffer health problems even years after the procedure -- is being screened on campuses and for organizations across the country. The movie, which was named best documentary at the 2011 California Independent Film Festival, was shown...
  • A first for the first

    08/06/2010 3:19:24 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 4 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 6 August, 2010 | The Boston Globe
    She was the most famous baby in America after her birth in 1981 following in vitro fertilization. Yesterday, Elizabeth Comeau gave birth to a baby of her own. She shares her story. People have followed my life all my life. I mean, ALL my life. PBS cameras taped my birth, and I attended my first press conference at 3 days old — I yawned through the entire thing. My baby face appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and stories appeared in many newspapers worldwide, including The Boston Globe, where I now work on its website. I don’t have a...
  • IVF babies ‘risk major diseases’

    01/12/2010 6:29:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 26 replies · 743+ views
    The Sunday Times (UK) ^ | January 10, 2010 | Jonathan Leake
    Scientists have discovered that the DNA of babies conceived through IVF differs from that of other children, putting them at greater risk of diseases such as diabetes and obesity later in life. The new research could explain why IVF babies tend to be at higher risk of low birth weight, defects and rare metabolic disorders. The changes are not in the genes themselves but in the mechanism that switches them on and off, the study of which is known as epigenetics. “These epigenetic differences have the potential to affect embyronic development and foetal growth, as well as influencing long-term patterns...
  • Obit: Maria del Carmen Bousada (became a mom at 66)

    07/16/2009 10:29:41 AM PDT · by OrangeHoof · 28 replies · 571+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 7-16-09 | AP
    MADRID (AP) — A Spanish woman believed to have become the world's oldest new mother when she gave birth at 66 has died at 69, leaving behind twin toddlers, newspapers reported Wednesday. Maria del Carmen Bousada, who reportedly died Saturday, gave birth in December 2006 as a single mother after getting in vitro fertilization treatment at a clinic in Los Angeles. The births ignited a firestorm of debate over how old is too old for a new mother, and how much responsibility fertility clinics have over who gets treatments. Bousada told an interviewer she lied to the fertility clinic about...
  • The Dark Side of In Vitro Fertilization

    07/13/2009 12:45:37 PM PDT · by Patriot1259 · 4 replies · 602+ views
    The Cypress Times ^ | 07/13/2009 | Terry L. Brown
    At 11:47 p.m., on July 25, 1978, a five-pound 12-ounce baby girl was born. But this baby, Louise Joy Brown, the daughter of Lesley and John Brown from Bristol, England made medical history. She was the first baby born successfully from a process called in vitro fertilization (IVF). Since then millions of babies have been born using IVF, blessing families that had struggled with the heartache of infertility, sometimes for years. But IVF has a dark side. IVF is a procedure in which a woman is given fertility drugs to cause her to produce multiple eggs that are then extracted...
  • Polish Cardinal, Former Secretary to Pope JPII: Politicians, Like Pilate, Kill the Truth-Unborn

    04/21/2009 9:42:45 PM PDT · by Salvation · 16 replies · 748+ views ^ | Tuesday April 21, 2009 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski
    Tuesday April 21, 2009 Polish Cardinal, Former Secretary to Pope JPII: Politicians, Like Pilate, Kill the Truth of the Life of the Unborn By Thaddeus M. BaklinskiKRAKOW, Poland, April 21, 2009 ( - During his Good Friday homily at Kalwaria Zebrzydowska, a Marian pilgrimage site near Krakow and home to a live dramatization of the Passion of Christ, Archbishop of Krakow Stanis?aw Cardinal Dziwisz called on the over 150,000 faithful present to show courage and speak the truth in defense of the dignity of human life.The Cardinal condemned abortion, euthanasia, common-law marriage, homosexual unions and in vitro fertilization.Speaking to...
  • Bishop criticizes reproductive technology’s ‘procreation without sex’

    03/17/2009 8:13:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 30 replies · 925+ views
    CNA ^ | March 16, 2009
    div class="noticia_imagen_contenedor" style="width: 250px;"> Bishop Thomas Wenski Orlando, Fla., Mar 16, 2009 / 08:01 pm (CNA).- Bishop of Orlando, Florida Thomas G. Wenski has written an editorial for the Orlando Sentinel stressing the dignity of the human embryo. Noting the ways some medical reproductive technologies “devalue the meaning of human sexuality itself,” he condemned “procreation without sex.”Invoking Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, which he summarized as being about “a mad scientist who in his quest to create life never stopped to consider the consequences of his actions,” Bishop Wenski said that science reality is “stranger than science fiction.”Similarly, he suggested that some...
  • Dignitas Personae

    12/12/2008 12:06:09 PM PST · by annalex · 32 replies · 716+ views
    The Vatican ^ | 12.12.2008 | The Roman Curia
    Regarding the Instruction Dignitas PersonaeAim In recent years, biomedical research has made great strides, opening new possibilities for the treatment of disease, but also giving rise to serious questions which had not been directly treated in the Instruction Donum vitae (22 February 1987).  A new Instruction, which is dated 8 September 2008, the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, seeks to provide some responses to these new bioethical questions, as these have been the focus of expectations and concerns in large sectors of society.  In this way, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith seeks both...
  • Tyranny In the Name of Progress: California bans religious objections to same-sex pregnancies

    08/19/2008 9:57:22 AM PDT · by mojito · 30 replies · 177+ views
    NRO ^ | 8/19/2008 | Andrew McCarthy
    Once again, judges in California have taken sides in the culture wars. On Monday, in North Coast Women’s Care v. Benitez, the Golden State’s highest court ruled that doctors may not rely on their religious principles to refuse in-vitro fertilization for same-sex couples. The decision runs roughshod over the First Amendment’s free-exercise clause, seeking to supplant Judeo-Christian principles with the state-imposed religion of secularism. This is a false choice under the federal Constitution, which makes room for both. Early press reporting indicated that the California court had found the state’s “compelling” interest in preventing discrimination outweighed the complaining doctors’ religious...
  • Frozen embryos better than fresh ones

    07/09/2008 7:18:18 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 5 replies · 184+ views
    PTI via The Times of India ^ | 9 Jul 2008, 1109 hrs IST | PTI
    LONDON: Frozen embryos are better than fresh when it comes to producing healthier babies using in-vitro fertilisation, a new study has revealed. Researchers in Denmark have found that babies born from thawed embryos were heavier at birth and were unlikely to suffer abnormalities as compared to those born from fresh embryos. “Only very top-quality embryos survive the freezing and thawing process. And you only get pregnancies in patients with lots of good embryos to freeze,” lead researcher Dr Anja Pinborg was quoted by The Daily Telegraph as saying. The researchers at Copenhagen University reached the conclusion after comparing over...
  • Outsourcing Wombs in India

    11/08/2007 1:46:58 PM PST · by redrunner · 4 replies · 33+ views
    Cybercast News Service ^ | 11/07/2007 | Deepak Mahaan
    New Delhi ( - In a new twist to the outsourcing for which India has become renowned, poor Indian women are renting out their wombs to foreigners. Surrogate motherhood -- carrying to term and giving birth to another woman's baby - once was limited in India to helping close relatives who couldn't complete a pregnancy due to medical difficulties. But leading gynecologist Dr. Kamla Selvaraj says it's now becoming a regular "profession" in India, with more and more women willing to carry babies for others, for a fee. India has for years been providing foreigners with in-vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment...
  • Nova Scotia Scratches Out "Father" On Birth Certificates for "Father/Other Parent"

    09/25/2007 11:44:08 AM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 164+ views
    LifeSite ^ | September 24, 2007 | Peter J. Smith
    HALIFAX, September 24, 2007 ( - Nova Scotia's Progressive Conservative government rapidly approved new regulations, effective immediately, allowing birth certificates to register a lesbian "spouse" of a birth mother as the "other parent." The decision was made in cabinet only four days after the couple launched a human rights complaint. Halifax scrambled to make adjustments to the Vital Statistics Act after a "married" lesbian couple, Emily and Jamie O'Neill, filed a Human Rights complaint demanding the province recognize them equally as parents to Emily's newborn daughter, Jordyn, who was conceived through artificial insemination and born August 7. Since the old...