Legislation proposing infertility coverage for disabled veterans was approved by a Senate committee just last month. The bill offers coverage by the Department of Veterans Affairs for assisted reproductive technologies (ART), like in vitro fertilization (IVF) to veterans with combat-inflicted injuries that impact their ability to have children.
Republican presidential contender Newt Gingrich called Sunday for a commission to study the ethical issues relating to in vitro fertilization clinics, where infertile women receive treatment to get pregnant and large numbers of embryos are created. His remarks seemed to open the possibility of a larger federal role over IVF clinics across the country than currently exists. Gingrich also said he opposes the use of leftover embryos for stem cell research, which advocates say offers the hope of treatments or even cures for a variety of diseases.
A new study of fertility treatment found that women who get three or more embryos have no better odds of having a baby than those who get just two embryos, and they have a greater chance of risky multiple births.
The decision by Kathleen Sebelius to keep age restrictions on the purchase of the “morning after pill” puts some conservative religious groups in an unfamiliar position – endorsing a move by the Obama administration. Groups like the Family Research Council, who regularly find themselves on the opposite end of decisions made by the Obama administration, came out in support of the administration and in particular, Sebelius, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services.
Jennifer Fox, an Occupy Seattle protester, told the Seattle Stranger, an alternative news weekly, that she suffered a miscarriage she thinks is due to police pepper-spraying and beating her during a Nov. 15 protest. Images from the protest went viral after photographer Joshua Trujillo captured the injured Fox and 84-year-old Dorli Rainey after they had been hit with pepper spray. Police said they had asked the protesters to move from an intersection, but the protesters did not.
U.S. births dropped for the third straight year — especially for young mothers — and experts think money worries are the reason. A federal report released Thursday showed declines in the birth rate for all races and most age groups. Teens and women in their early 20s had the most dramatic dip, to the lowest rates since record-keeping began in the 1940s. Also, the rate of cesarean sections stopped going up for the first time since 1996.
The U.S. Supreme Court will decide whether children conceived through in vitro fertilization after the death of their father can collect survivor benefits under the Social Security program. In a case that will determine how a Depression-era law applies in an age of reproductive technology, the justices said today they will review a ruling that the Obama administration contends improperly expanded eligibility for benefits.
Women whose mothers took a synthetic estrogen called DES before it was discontinued in 1971 have been found to suffer from a variety of fertility problems and cancers, according to a major new study. The study appearing in the New England Journal of Medicine examines the daughters of females exposed in the womb to diethylstilbestrol (DES), which was prescribed in the mistaken belief it could reduce certain complications of pregnancy.