Implant screening

Staff Writer
Mount Shasta Herald

Dear Editor,

I am very concerned about the recent octuplet birth in California. I realize at this time there are no regulations on how many embryos a physician can implant, however, I feel this may need to be re-addressed.

A physician implanted six embryos into a woman who already had six children under the age of seven, at least two of which have health problems. She was unemployed and without means to provide for any of her current children, let alone more.

The taxpayers in California are paying millions in healthcare expenses for these children and will be for many years to come.

I would like to see legislation passed that would limit the number of embryos that can be implanted into any one female at any one time.

I would also like to see a screening process that would ascertain the female’s ability to provide (financially) for any children resulting from the implantation of the embryos.

I realize that every woman has the right to become a parent; however, I think that every taxpayer should have the right not to pay for them.

I feel that an easy solution to this would be to pass a regulation that requires screening for all patients to determine ability to provide for the children and that only allows two embryos to be implanted at any one time.


Lisa Bennett RN, BSN