I am not for Georgia but would be appalled if this was trying to be passed in my state. Thought I would pass along this for those ladies that live in Georgia.
Please read the below information sent from my clininc and take a few mintues to stand up for us GA IVFer's by sending letters/faxes to these GA Committee members by clicking on the resolve link at the bottom of this message. Your help is greatly appreciated.
The Georgia Senate Health & Human Services Committee will hold a hearing on two bills: SB 169 and SB 204 this Thursday, March 5, at 9:00 AM in Room 450 of the State Capitol. At the hearing, the committee will hear testimony on the bills. Georgia Reproductive Specialists along with other Atlanta fertility clinics, RESOLVE and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) oppose both of the bills. The hearing is open to the public and you are encouraged to attend the hearing and send a letter to the Committee members before Thursday. To send a letter immediately, click link below.
Senate Bill 169 would restrict doctors' ability to perform IVF in accordance with best medical standards. Here are the key provisions:
* No more than 2 or 3 eggs could ever be fertilized in a cycle; if a woman produced more eggs, they still could not be used.
* Only 2 embryos could ever be transferred to the uterus, unless the woman is age 40 or over (then a max of 3).
* No extra embryos could be cryopreserved. If they are created, they have to be transferred.
* No financial relief, such as insurance coverage, is proposed to help with the added financial burden of using less effective treatment. Patients will still have to pay out of pocket for less effective treatment.
* Bans all financial compensation for donor gametes, such as egg donor, sperm donor, or embryo donation, which would reduce the pool of available donors in Georgia.
SB 204/HB388 is an embryo adoption bill. It would subject embryo donation to all the same provisions as required by law for adoption of a child. This would subject infertility patients needing an embryo donation to go through the judicial proceedings, home visits, and other procedures required for an adoption. We do not believe that such treatment is appropriate or needed for embryo donation.
If you care about open access to the best care possible to let the Committee members know before Thursday that you oppose these two bills. To send a letter or fax to the Committee, simply click here for a letter template that will be automatically sent to each of the Senate Health & Human Services Committee members. You can also call your state Senator even if they are not on the Committee and tell them you oppose these two bills.
Please be respectful in all communications to the elected officials and their staff. Please remember that rude communications work against our interests.
Thank you for taking action today and showing the Georgia Senate that you care about open and available access to care for the women and men diagnosed with infertility in the state of Georgia.
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