You know it's sad, perplexing, and frustrating having to justify the way in which you as an individual decides to create your family.
Back in 1995 the CDC (Center for Disease Control) did a study on infertility and found the following:
- Number of women ages 15-44 with impaired ability to have children: 6.1 million - Number of women who've ever used infertility services: 9.2 million - Number of married couples that are infertile: 2.1 million - Number of women using infertility services: 9.3 million
About 7.1 percent of married couples, or 2.1 million, were infertile in 1995 compared with 2.3 million in 1988 and 2.4 million in 1982. In each of these years, about 1.0 million were childless and infertile. To be honest I am not sure what the statistics are for 2008 -- my guess is that the number is significantly higher.
For many of us who struggle with the pain of infertility it's almost overwhelming. We don't always get help with expenses - many of us don't have infertility insurance that covers IVF cycles, shots, pills, etc...
Personally I was an active infertility patient since 19985 -- and when I read stuff like this it makes my blood boil:
" Hudgens' bill, which is backed by Georgia Right to Life and other Christian groups, also declares an in vitro - or "outside the womb" - embryo to be a person and clamps down on the practice of storing frozen embryos for possible future pregnancies. Only two embryos for women under 40 or three for women over 40 could be fertilized at one time. And living in vitro embryos could not be destroyed if the bill becomes law."
Hello? Since when do I want the government being my doctor? I do not. Not at all. In fact, I want the government to stay out of my uterus.
Sadly, Nadya Suleman is an anomaly, she is clearly mentally unbalanced, has deep seated emotional issues, and selected a physician who clearly acted irresponsibly. There are so many things that went wrong regarding Suleman situation that's it's difficult where to begin. Why she wasn't flagged for psych is beyond me.
And now there are eight more lives that have entered the world, all premature-- along with the six others she already brought into the world, and now she's scrambling to care for them all. And yes, what's done is done -- and the knee jerk reaction by politicians is to ban it, regulate it, control it.
But I don't think that's the answer.
I am not sure what the answer is -- but I think a great start would be for physicians and ASRM to take a harder stance on those doctors who break those rules. In fact, it would be great if ASRM could take a stance period -- and not be so worried about being sued. It's a no- brainer to see that this doctor did the wrong thing.
And now, guess who is paying the price aside from supporting all 14 of these kids with tax payer money?
Me and you. Now my reproductive rights may be taken away because of one selfish woman, and one irresponsible doctor.
Not fair if you ask me.
But then again -- My mom always told me life's not fair.